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Minister Keeps Watch on Water Supply Issue

The disruption occurred last Tuesday when a 600mm trunk main was reported to have been dislocated resulting in a major leakage along the access road between the Waila Water Treatment Plant and the Wainibuku Reservoir.
02 Apr 2019 10:00
Minister Keeps Watch on Water Supply Issue
Jone Usamate.

Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate has assured the public that the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is doing its best to stabilize the unplanned water disruption around the Suva-Nasinu corridor.

“WAF is working round the clock in ensuring that the situation is under control and water is provided as soon as possible to those who are living in those affected areas,” said Mr Usamate.

The disruption occurred last Tuesday when a 600mm trunk main was reported to have been dislocated resulting in a major leakage along the access road between the Waila Water Treatment Plant and the Wainibuku Reservoir.

This water trunk main transports clean and treated water to the Wainibuku Reservoir, which then feeds the other service reservoirs.

Normalising of water supply to those affected is slow because unfavorable weather means repair works have not being conducted immediately.

Mr Usamate said he would be in touch with Water Authority Fiji on the latest progress on water disruptions and its repair works.

Areas affected include customers which are supplied by the following reservoirs: Tovata and Wainibuku reservoirs, Flagstaff reservoir, Nagatugatu reservoir, Tacirua reservoir, Dokanaisuva reservoir and Colo-i-Suva reservoir.

WAF crew members were only able to isolate the leaking trunk main and allow two out of the three water trunk mains (450mm and 600mm) to transport clean water from the Waila WTP to the Wainibuku Reservoir to cater for the demand.

Water supply restoration was initially set for 6am on Friday (29/03), which was further extended to 6am on Sunday (31/03).

It was further extended to 6am yesterday (01/04).

Meanwhile, an experienced operations team was tasked to conduct urgent repairs to the dislocated leaking 600mm trunk main because the ground conditions had slightly improved and this impacted the supply of water to many customers.

“Three full lengths of pipes (18 metres) were removed and relaid to the appropriate level to match with the existing pipeline,” said WAF general manager customer services and acting general manager Operations Sekove Uluinayau.

“Proper backfilling and compaction are ongoing to prevent any possible movement of the pipes because the soil condition is boggy.

WAF is currently in the process of recharging the trunk main (build-up pressure) and once this is completed water supply is expected to be normalised. Water carting trucks will be provided to service the affected areas. WAF has sincerely apologised for the inconvenience caused to its valued customers.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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