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Water Authority to Fix Galoa Island’s Water Issues

The Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea yesterday said that works in reconnecting water from the mainland to Galoa Island would begin in three weeks’ time. Mr Vocea highlighted this in response
20 Sep 2018 13:09
Water Authority to Fix Galoa Island’s Water Issues
Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea earlier this year.

The Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea yesterday said that works in reconnecting water from the mainland to Galoa Island would begin in three weeks’ time.

Mr Vocea highlighted this in response to articles by the Fiji Times on the island’s water issues. The articles were published yesterday.

“WAF (Water Authority of Fiji) reported that they are trying their best to connect water from the mainland in Nakadrudru and this will start in three weeks’ time,” Mr Vocea clarified.

“WAF also reported that villagers in Galoa had tampered with the system by making air breathers on the pipe that runs across the sea causing low pressure to the water to the islands.”

Mr Vocea also showed concern over the articles by the Fiji Times adding that: “This is not the first time an article has been published where time has not been given for us to get the feedback.

“130,400 liters of water was delivered to Galoa Island on 31st August via Government Barge.

“All water tanks in the village and school were filled. This was not reported by Fiji Times.

“The long dry spell taking its toll not only in Galoa, but other maritime communities.

“We have a Government Barge MLC Vunilagi now delivering water in the North.”

Questions and calls were made to the Fiji Times editor Fred Wesley were not answered when this edition went to press.

In a press release, the Water Authority of Fiji said it was working towards implementing an upgrading water project to the existing water system on the island of Galoa.

“Under the 2018 and 2019 approved Budget – WAF will be outsourcing the upgrading of the water project for implementation by the end of October, this year,” it said.

“The upgrading works is valued at $133,872.62. The works include the laying of a total of five-kilometres of 75mm polyethylene submarine pipes from the mainland (Lekutu Coastline to the island).

“WAF had done repairs to the existing 50mm submarine pipeline from the mainland to Galoa Island in July, earlier this year.”

‘Suspected tampering’

The statement added: “During the course of repairs, WAF crew members discovered holes in the existing pipeline systems as a result of suspected tampering or fishing (spear guns) which caused a huge amount of water pressure loss.

“Therefore, due to the damages, the Authority will focus on implementing a total upgrade to the system to allow consistent and reliable supply to the island.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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