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Water Supply A Never Ending Problem, Says Suva Bus Stand Kiosk Operators

Kiosk operators near the Suva Bus Stand and Suva Market are worried about their water supply. They raised this issue yesterday, which they claimed to have been facing for more than a month now. Kiosk operator Avinash Ram said complaints were raised to the relevant authorities within the past weeks and months seemed to been falling on deaf ears.
06 Apr 2022 13:30
Water Supply A Never Ending Problem, Says Suva Bus Stand Kiosk Operators
Suva Kiosk operator Avinash Ram with bottles of water he has to fill up because there was no water supply into the tap inside his kiosk. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

Kiosk operators near the Suva Bus Stand and Suva Market are worried about their water supply.

They raised this issue yesterday, which they claimed to have been facing for more than a month now.

Kiosk operator Avinash Ram said complaints were raised to the relevant authorities within the past weeks and months seemed to been falling on deaf ears.

 

He called the water issues they faced to be a never ending issue.

Mr Ram said just a few weeks ago, there was intermittent water supply in the taps provided in their kiosks, however, just lately there had not been any water at all inside the kiosk taps.

He claimed that reports raised with the Suva Market master had not been taken seriously.

 

“All the taps in these kiosks are without water, you turn them on and for weeks nothing has been coming out of it,” he said.

“If I need water I have to close up my canteen and take my buckets to the other side of the road and fetch water from there because I am the
only one that works here.”

Another kiosk operator Ranjini Prasad claimed that there were so many problems faced by the operators in the area and no issues had been solved by the authorities.

 

“The toilet is sometimes in a bad state because of the water problem and it gives out a bad smell and because we cook from our kiosk to sell it makes it an unhealthy environment to operate from.”

 

Minister Responds
Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar said water supply into kiosks was an issue with the Water Authority of Fiji and its relevant ministry.

Ms Kumar said it wasn’t the landlord’s problem.

She said that vendors needed to also be prepared with means to assist themselves in cases of water disruptions.

 

Water Authority of Fiji
When contacted yesterday, Water Authority of Fiji Chief Operating Officer Seru Soderberg said an operations team would be sent to the site to try and identify the issue causing the disruptions.

 

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