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Omundson: Why Suva-Nausori Water Supply Gets Easily Affected

He said another burden placed on the systems is because of unaccounted for water usage in the form of illegal connections and leaks.
20 Nov 2020 09:24
Omundson: Why Suva-Nausori Water Supply Gets Easily Affected
Water Authority of Fiji chief executive officer Barry Omundson.

The water system along the Suva-Nausori corridor is so keenly balanced that it can be significantly affected if an asset like the generator fails.

This was highlighted by Water Authority of Fiji chief executive officer Barry Omundson.

He said another burden placed on the systems is because of unaccounted for water usage in the form of illegal connections and leaks.

“This places undue pressure on our systems to deliver water to our customers,” Mr Omundson said.

“We are doing our best to mitigate this and the authority is working very hard to reduce this unaccounted for water and have deployed teams to undertake regular inspections of assets to ensure they are operating as they should.”

 

Infrastructure

In recognition of the Suva’s urban sprawl, and to build resilience and greater capacity in the area’s infrastructure, the authority has invested $270 million into the Rewa River Water Supply Scheme (RRWSS).

The RRWSS currently under construction is planned to be commissioned in March 2022 with a capacity to supply an additional 40 million litres a day of Water to the Greater Suva Area.

“This will expand the water supply by constructing a new supply intake on the Rewa River with an associated water treatment plant, pumping station, reservoir, and transmission main to connect to the existing system,” Mr Omundson said.

The authority always advises customers to conserve and always store enough water to last for at least two to three days in their homes.

 

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