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Water cuts in Nadi, Lautoka from Sept 29 to Oct 2

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) will be installing the new vanessa valves and pressure transducer pipes at its Nagado Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Nadi from September 29 to
19 Sep 2018 13:38
Water cuts in Nadi, Lautoka from Sept 29 to Oct 2

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) will be installing the new vanessa valves and pressure transducer pipes at its Nagado Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Nadi from September 29 to October 2.

Customers living in Nadi and Lautoka will experience interruptions to their water supply from 1am Saturday morning until midnight the following Tuesday.

Areas affected will be the whole Nadi area and certain areas in Lautoka, excluding the Lautoka City Centre and some outer boundaries of Lautoka that are supplied through the Buabua and Saru Water Treatment Plants.

Earlier this year, WAF carried out a planned water shutdown to remove the defective vanessa valve which was leaking uncontrollably.

This was carried out successfully and four months later an ‘Emergency Shutdown’ was announced to allow the removal of the severely defective ‘Polyjet Valve.’

WAF Board chair,  Bhavesh Kumar is requesting the members of the public to start storing water for at least four days.

“Please, start saving and storing your water supply. It is imperative that WAF conducts these important installations at the Nagado Treatment Plant as this will allow Fijians in the Western Division to have a more reliable and fully operational water treatment plant,” Mr Kumar said.

He said the two new vanessa valves have been purchased and manufactured in Italy and have arrived into the country and are now ready to be installed.

Mr Kumar reassured the public that water supply will be expected to be gradually restored after the installation works.

After the installation of the two vanessa valves, the polyjet valve will be installed without causing any major water disruption on a later date.

WAF general manager for customer services, Sekove Uluinayau said that to sufficiently satisfy water requirements over the shutdown period each household should store at least 200 litres of water for drinking and cooking purposes.

“For other purposes such as bathing, washing dishes and clothes, more water should be stored.

He said they have stored, 150 water tanks of 5,000 litres capacity and will be placed at strategic locations around the affected areas.

Mr Uluinayau said WAF will ensure that during the shutdown period, minimum interruption to major services such as hospitals, airport, schools and hotels as water carting trucks will be deployed accordingly.

The emergency toll-free short code 1507 or email waterhelp@waf.com.fj for further enquiries. This will be available 24 hours a day, during the shutdown period.

Source: WAF

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