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Water Disruption Catches Residents Unprepared

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) in a statement yesterday said the unplanned water disruption for parts of Suva and Nasinu was extended until yesterday morning.
31 Mar 2019 10:00
Water Disruption Catches Residents Unprepared
A Tamavua villager filling buckets with water from the water carting trucks. Photo: Neelam Prasad.

It was a troublesome morning for residents of Tamavua Village who like many others were unprepared for water disruption yesterday.

67-year-old Naomi Ramarama said she would have stored water beforehand, had she been aware of the disruptions.

“I could not even cook in the morning because there was no water,” she said.

“I have lived in this village all my life and we hardly experience water disruptions so we had not expected it.

“If we had known, then we could have been prepared.”

Water carting trucks supplied the village with water around midday yesterday.

In Tacirua and Dokanaisuva, residents gathered at the roadside to fill their buckets when water carting trucks came their way.

For some residents, however, this was a challenging alternative.

Pushpa Wati has been living in Tacirua for more than 30 years said she had to keep water in store because the steep walk to the road- side to fetch water was not an option for her.

Many residents live in interior parts where the water trucks will

not be able to reach so at times like this, it can be quite difficult.

“I always store in drums because we do experience water disruptions here and the water trucks cannot reach us,” she said.

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“We have been having water disruptions from Tuesday.

“There are so many houses in this area and if residents have not been able to store water they run out.

“It will be really difficult to manage in those circumstances.”

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) in a statement yesterday said the unplanned water disruption for parts of Suva and Nasinu was extended until yesterday morning.

The areas affected are the ones supplied through the Tovata and Wainibuku reservoirs and the Flagstaff, Nagatugatu, Tacirua, Dokanaisuva and Colo-i-Suva reservoirs.

WAF is in the process of stabilising the Wainibuku system which feeds the reservoirs mentioned above.

“The interruption in water supply is due to the burst 600mm trunk main which feeds treated water from the Waila Water Treatment Plant to the Wainibuku Reservoir.

“WAF crew members are conducting restoration works by flushing the water lines, a process done to fully normalise water supply to the areas affected.”

The authority has advised customers in affected areas to use water wisely for their immediate needs during the temporary disruption period.

Edited by Percy Kean

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