NEWS

Prepare For Bad Weather, Store Drinking Water

The authority is calling on people to have patience and understanding during disruptions.
19 Jan 2022 10:39
Prepare For Bad Weather, Store Drinking Water

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is urging Fijians to store sufficient amounts of water.

This is because water supply is expected to be disrupted during the cyclone season.

In a statement, the authority said according to reports, we should expect more cyclones to form which is likely to lead to water disruptions.

“Even when there is no cyclone, adverse weather such as low pressure troughs can cause heavy and persistent rainfall which negatively impacts our water supply systems,” the statement said.

“Our main advice is to prepare as early as possible. While you still have water available, make sure to store as much water as possible for at least two to three days or five to seven days during severe cyclone conditions.”

The authority has encouraged customers to invest in storage containers or water tanks connected to the water system for storage and backup supply during any unplanned disruption that may arise due to emergency works or natural disasters.

“Your personal storage of water is meant to see you through during the times when restoration works are in the process,” the statement said.

The authority is calling on people to have patience and understanding during disruptions.

“It is important to remember that cyclones and flooding create hazardous circumstances, delaying repairs as our teams have no choice, but to wait until there is less risk to their health and safety,” the statement said.

“Once it is safe enough, our teams are quick to move to conduct the necessary repairs and operations.

“These repairs and operations can be time consuming and water supply can only be restored once the necessary measures to make the water safe for human consumption has been completed.”

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