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Vandals Damage Water Tanks With Knifes

Members of the public are warned not to damage water tanks put in place by authorities during a planned water shut­down later this month. The warning came from the Water
21 Sep 2018 10:10
Vandals Damage Water Tanks With Knifes
Water Authority of Fiji Board Director Kamal Gounder (left) talks with a stakeholder at the Nadi Civic Centre on September 20, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

Members of the public are warned not to damage water tanks put in place by authorities during a planned water shut­down later this month.

The warning came from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) director Kamal Gound­er during a stakeholders con­sultation at Nadi Civic Centre yesterday.

The planned shutdown is for Nagado Water Treatment Plant.

“Many tanks were unnec­essarily vandalised by some people during the last shut­down,” Mr Gounder said.

“They damaged our tanks with their knives.

“I urge everyone to highlight this plea in your respective communities so that people do not damage these tanks.”

Mr Gounder highlighted this when responding to a question regarding the number of tanks that would be provided in the different areas to act as relievers and water source for the general public.

He said that there would be a total of 150 (5000 and 10,000-litre) tanks.

“We are doing this for you and if you see someone vandalising these water tanks, please report that to us,” Mr Gounder said.

A stern reminder was also is­sued for everyone to avoid using water unnecessarily during the planned shutdown period.

“People should avoid wash­ing driveways or watering gar­dens during the shutdown,” Mr Gounder said.

“Each household is requested to at least secure and store 200 litres of water for cooking, drinking and washing.”

The planned shutdown will be from the 1 am Saturday, Septem­ber 29th until midnight Tuesday, October 2nd.

Areas affected will be Nadi and Lautoka except for the Lautoka City Centre and some of its out­er boundaries that are supplied through the Buabua and Saru Water Treatment Plant.

The disruption is due to the in­stallation of the new Vanessa Valves and Pressure Transducer Pipes at the Nagado Water Treat­ment Plant.

Mr Gounder said the WAF would ensure that there were no disrup­tions during the shutdown period in major service areas such as hospitals, airport, schools, and hotels.

Trucks will be deployed to cart water.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: yogesh.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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