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Suva Businesswoman Not Pleased With Water Issue

Sangeeta Maharaj, who owns Eden restaurant off Princes Road, said the so-called “low pressure or intermittent supply” explanation from the Water Authority of Fiji was affecting her business.
15 Dec 2019 12:06
Suva Businesswoman Not Pleased With Water Issue

A businesswoman in Suva is not happy about the current water problem, highlighted by the authorities as a result of low rainfall.

Sangeeta Maharaj, who owns Eden restaurant off Princes Road, said the so-called “low pressure or intermittent supply” explanation from the Water Authority of Fiji was affecting her business.

Should the problem continue, Ms Maharaj said she may be forced to close her business.

“We have used the last drop of water in our two large water tanks,” Ms Maharaj said.

“I have begged the Water Authority of Fiji for water carts to my place to refill my tanks. We have had no water running from our taps for the past five days.”

WAF’s acting general manager operations, Sekove Uluinayau, in a statement, called on Fijians to conserve water as water levels in both the Waimanu River and the Tamavua Water Treatment Plant were at critical levels because of the lack of rainfall.

“Water carting trucks have been arranged to service disrupted areas,” Mr Uluinayau said.

Affected areas include the elevated parts of Princes Road (Tamavua to Colo-i-Suva), Namadi Heights, Wairua, Wailoku, Samabula, Rewa Street, Waimanu Road, and Ratu Sukuna Road as well as elevated areas within Wairua, Wailoku, Delainavesi, Qauia Street to Veisari.

Western Division

Customers in Nadi and Lautoka are also advised to use water wisely because of the low water level at the Vaturu Dam.

Mr Uluinayau said: “This has resulted in a low inflow of raw water from the Vaturu Dam to the Nagado Water Treatment Plant.

“The water levels are nearing the critical level and the prediction from the Fiji Meteorological Services (FMS) is that there may be below-average rainfall in the next few months,” he said.

WAF customers are urged to minimise water usage particularly for car washing, watering of plants and gardens, irrigation of new turf, topping up of swimming pools and while washing of hard surfaces, like walls, driveways and footpaths is strongly discouraged.

“We request members of the public in affected areas to bear with us.

“Unfortunately, rainfall is something we cannot control but our teams are working around the clock to normalise water supply,” he said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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