$3.5m damage to WAF systems

THE Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has sustained about $3.5 million damage to its infrastructure from Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni and Tropical Cyclone Josie.

WAF chief operating officer Samanmal Ekanayake said despite this, the authority remained committed to getting all damaged water systems back in full operation and asked members of the public who required water carting to contact them on 5777.

This comes as water supply in Rakiraki, Tavua, Nadi, Sigatoka and Labasa are almost back to normal and WAF addresses the causes of major disruptions, he said.

According to a press release by WAF, water supply in Lautoka and Ba now stood at 85 per cent as the authority continued to restore damaged infrastructure caused by major flooding last week.

“In Rakiraki, Tavua and Sigatoka, the pumping systems had been put out of operation due to floodwaters and have since been restored,” the release said.

“Labasa’s reticulation system is now near full capacity after WAF engineers repaired two burst raw water mains running under the Dogoru River by anchoring them to the river bed with cement bases.”

The release said Lautoka’s Buabua reservoir, which sustained pipeline damage to its intakes and restricted full resumption of water delivery, was now expected to return to normal soon.

“Pumps in Nadrau and Varaciva pumping stations in Ba which were put out of operation by floodwaters have resumed operations. Parts of pipelines in the three gravity systems fed from Waiwai, Varaciva and Balevuto were in progress as well,” the release said.

“A temporary pumping intake at Waiwai had been established to meet the water demand until the restoration works in gravity systems were completed.”

Work on rehabilitating access roads to the Vaturu Dam continues.

“Further, permanent repairs for the damaged crossings, scoured road shoulders and exposed pipelines are also being carried out while repair materials are being delivered to the site,” the release said.