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Water Authority Of Fiji Works To Limit Waste Water Leakage Near Denarau Bridge

The leakage of waste water near the main bridge leading to hotels on Denarau was reported to the authority on Saturday night (March 02, 2019).
05 Mar 2019 10:34
Water Authority Of Fiji Works To Limit Waste Water Leakage Near Denarau Bridge
A sewer situated along the Denarau bridge in Nadi is believed to have burst yesterday. The sewage has found its way into the river. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Waste water leaking from the road near the main bridge at Denarau in Nadi is seeping into a nearby river.

The Water Authority of Fiji said yesterday that it was aware of the leakage and it had put in place measures to avoid any damage to the environment.
The leakage of waste water near the main bridge leading to hotels on Denarau was reported to the authority on Saturday night.

A team from the Fiji Sun visited the area yesterday and saw waste water flowing on the road and seep- ing into the nearby river.

WAF spokesman Peni Shute confirmed that there was a leakage of waste water near the main bridge connecting Denarau to the main- land.

“We are awaiting approval from the Fiji Roads Authority before we can excavate the place to start the necessary works,” he said.
“We will also have to work with Energy Fiji Limited and Telecom Fiji to locate the underground pow- er and telephone lines.

“This has to be done for the safety of our workers so that they are not electrocuted by power lines.
“Once we get approval from the FRA we will work with the other utilities before we can excavate the area for necessary repair works.

“In the meantime, we have hired three bailing trucks to bail waste water from the Regent waste water
pumping station on Denarau.

“We are trying our best to avoid the waste water seeping into the river so that’s why we have put bail- ing trucks in Denarau to bail the
waste water.”

 

The sewage has found its way into the river. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

The sewage has found its way into the river.
Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Mr Shute said WAF put in place measures to avoid any damage to the environment.

He said WAF was expecting to get approval from FRA late yesterday or by today to excavate the road where the waste water was leaking from.
Minister for Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy had not responded to queries when this edition went to press last night.

Attempts to contact the Permanent Secretary for the Environment Ministry, Joshua Wycliffe, yesterday were also unsuccessful.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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