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Water supply restored to affected areas in Lautoka

Water Authority of Fiji General Manager Customer Services and Acting General Manager Operations, Sekove Uluinayau thanked the residents of Lautoka for taking heed of the notices regarding the partial water shutdown and storing sufficient amounts of water.
23 Apr 2019 10:27
Water supply restored to affected areas in Lautoka
Workers of the Water Authority of Fiji contractor, Elisha Engineering Co. Limited, undertake repair works at the leakage point located along Batiri near the Vaturu Dam on April 19, 2019. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

Water supply to residents in Lautoka has been normalised after the successful completion of the repair works to the major water leakage along the Vaturu-Nagado high-pressure pipeline along Batiri in Vaturu.

Water Authority of Fiji General Manager Customer Services and Acting General Manager Operations, Sekove Uluinayau thanked the residents of Lautoka for taking heed of the notices regarding the partial water shutdown and storing sufficient amounts of water.

“As of 11am, Monday (22/04) water supply to Lautoka was restored at 98 per cent with normal water pressures,” Mr Uluinayau said.

“I would like to thank our customers who were affected during this partial shutdown for their understanding and taking heed of the notices and storing water to sustain them during the water disruption period,” said Mr Uluinayau said.

The remaining 2 per cent is anticipated to be normalised by 6am today.

“The remaining affected areas, which is around 2 per cent of our coverage is mainly the elevated areas of Lautoka, WAF crew members are working to get water supply normalised to these areas by conducting flushing and bleeding works and we anticipate to get this done before 6am Tuesday,” Mr Uluinayau said.

“It was a challenge for WAF in ensuring that the public had water during the disruption period.

“Ensuring the availability of access to clean drinking water for thousands of customers, including the hotel sector and other businesses during the disruption period was the major challenge that WAF faced.

“However, with proper planning and co-ordination, we were able to carry out the repairs.

“WAF would once again like to thank the co-operation of the public, major customers including hotels, businesses, hospitals including health centres and Government institutions that assisted WAF.

“During the shutdown, the toll-free line 1507 had received more than 1136 telephone calls from customers seeking assistance and clarifications.”

Mr Uluinayau thanked the dedicated staff and contractors – Elisha Engineering Co. Limited who worked tirelessly over the weekend “for their hard work and commitment in conducting the repairs as well as water carting operations”.

Meanwhile, the authority urges customers to contact the WAF’s National Contact Centre on toll-free short code 1507 or email waterhelp@waf.com.fj if they are yet to receive water supply to their homes.

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