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WAF calls for proper protection around groundwater areas in Fiji

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is calling on the public to protect groundwater areas as this is one of the key water sources for families in Fiji. Particularly for communities that reside on the dryer sides of the island, with no surface water sources.
22 Mar 2022 12:35
WAF calls for proper protection around groundwater areas in Fiji

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is calling on the public to protect groundwater areas as this is one of the key water sources for families in Fiji.

Particularly for communities that reside on the dryer sides of the island, with no surface water sources.

As today marks World Water Day, WAF says Fiji is blessed with an abundance of water sources.

 

“The age-old saying of ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ is a most appropriate statement when it comes to the importance that is placed on groundwater, for most people.”

“Fiji is blessed with an abundance of water sources, one of which is groundwater.”

“However, because it is unseen, we tend to neglect the preservation of the environment surrounding these water sources.”
“One only has to look around at how people dump their waste, not understanding the impact this has on groundwater sources, and there is a serious need to focus on this area, as groundwater is one of the most pristine sources of water, we have access to.”

 

WAF stated that the average water usage per person per day in Fiji, is around 220 to 230 litres compared to countries such as Australia and New Zealand which is around 150 to 180 litres.

“Water overexploitation is something that Fiji faces, and this could be seen in how the average Fijian utilises water in contrast to countries like Australia and New Zealand.”

 

WAF also calls for proper disposal of waste as a measure to protect groundwater sources

“People can protect groundwater sources by disposing of their waste appropriately, such as not littering and safely storing chemicals and fuels, etc.”

“Wise water usage, by minimising any wastage and conserving water as much as possible, is also a very important measure.”

 

Feedback: laiseana.nasiga@fijisun.com.fj



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