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Nabekavu, Basoga Residents Celebrate Regular Water Supply

Regular water supply has brought relief to Nabekavu and Basoga residents in La­basa. They usually suffered from water shortages, but this new develop­ment has seen them applaud the Water Authority
18 Sep 2018 12:21
Nabekavu, Basoga Residents Celebrate Regular Water Supply
Residents of Nabekavu in Labasa were all smiling as they received their water ration on September 13, 2018

Regular water supply has brought relief to Nabekavu and Basoga residents in La­basa.

They usually suffered from water shortages, but this new develop­ment has seen them applaud the Water Authority of Fiji for fixing what seemed to be a never ending problem.

Nizran Bi of Nabekavu said she was happy because it had been two weeks of steady water supply to her home that enabled her to at­tend to her laundry almost every day.

She said ever since Tropical Cy­clone Winston their water supply had been very irregular, some­times there would not be a drop of water from their taps for two to three days.

“Our house is the last house on this side of the hill and we have been getting water every day for two weeks now,” Ms Bi said.

“Before my laundry would be piled up for three to four weeks as the water carted to us was kept mainly for drinking.

“We always receive water in the night which gives us time to fill our tanks, drums and buckets.

“I would like to thank the Water Authority of Fiji for a great job and I hope that they maintain this.”

Abdul Asim of Valebasoga ac­knowledged the authority for tak­ing their time out from their busy schedule to have an awareness programme at Valebasoga.

“We usually face water short­age and it’s good to know that the authority cares for the daily chal­lenges their customers are fac­ing,” Mr Asim said.

“It’s good to hear about the situ­ation and challenges that they are facing.”

With the prolonged dry spell the Northern Division WAF co-ordina­tor Miliana Vueti said mitigation measures such as the construction of temporary coffer dams, water rationing, as well as water carting have been put in place.

“There is a plan to construct part of a new upper Navau Dam to sup­plement the raw production at Benau,” she said.

“While carting water around vil­lages and communities we will also deliver water tanks to supple­ment the deliveries of water to the most affected areas.”

Her advice to Northerners is to minimise the washing of cars, driveways as well as watering of gardens.

With the rural water carting schedule in circulation and regu­larly updated, affected rural com­munities are requested to follow the schedule to track their area delivery times and make available empty vessels for refilling.

“Metered customers are to store sufficient amounts of water for drinking and cooking purposes for at least two days,” Ms Vueti said.

“This is due to the aged infra­structure and planned and un­planned water shutdowns.

“Customers are requested to store water because this will also assist the authority manage its re­sources efficiently.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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