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Vio Islanders Now Drink Piped Water

The completion of a 650-metre, under-sea, pipeline that connects Vio Island with the Water Authority of Fiji’s (WAF) Lautoka Depot means that 230 people now have access to clean water.
13 Jul 2018 10:00
Vio Islanders Now Drink Piped Water
An aerial view of the Vio Island pipeline project.

The completion of a 650-metre, under-sea, pipeline that connects Vio Island with the Water Authority of Fiji’s (WAF) Lautoka Depot means that 230 people now have access to clean water.

WAF was engaged by the Prime Minister’s Office to initiate this project, following the request for assistance made by the people of Vio Island to the Prime Minister’s Office.

The 50.5millimetre water pipeline was launched from the WAF Lautoka Depot seawall on June 2, this year, after the pipeline joints were welded together by electro-fusion.

The pipeline was floated out to its full length before being pulled across to Vio Island, and then sunk to avoid any disruption to the shipping lane.

Previously constructed, custom-made top and bottom concrete blocks were installed as anchor blocks, every 6.0 metres along the submerged pipeline. Each pair of anchor blocks weigh 30 kilograms and is held together by large cable ties around the water pipe.

The submarine pipe works were outsourced to Dive Centre (Fiji) Limited.

As well as the laying of the submarine 50mm polyethylene pipeline, the $104,617 project saw the installation and chambering of an air valve and master meter, and the laying of the 100mm PVC pipeline works from the WAF Depot at Vetari to the foreshore.

On Vio Island, WAF crew members laid DN100 PVC mains and installed five 10,000-litre, elevated water tanks.

The authority’s general manager for planning, design and construction, Nemani Waqanivalu, said the villagers rejoiced with a small celebration when water supply reached the island at 3pm on Friday, June 8.

He said nearly all households on the island were receiving water through their taps at home.

WAF’s chief operating officer, Samanmal Ekanayake, said they would continue to implement works that ensured Fijians had access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation.

Mr Ekanayake said the villagers now enjoyed a consistent supply of water that should withstand dry seasons, and an improved water system performance.

 



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