THE Water Authority of Fiji is planning to reactivate two unused dams in Nadi to cater for the growing demand.
This was revealed by WAF spokeswoman Fulori Turaga following a four-day visit to various villages and settlements in Nadi last week.
"The main reason for reactivating the dams is because we need to cater for the areas that have been experiencing intermittent water supply over the past few years," said Ms Turaga.
"These areas have been living with a short supply of water for some time because the demand for water has increased and our supply cannot cater for all of them."
She said the Vaturu Dam near Nausori Highlands in the Nadi Valley had been supplying water to the whole of Nadi and surrounding areas.
"The Vaturu dam alone cannot cater for such a large area so we are planning to reactivate these two dams," said Ms Turaga.
The affected areas include Nawaicoba, Nabila, Malolo Transmitter areas, Namulomulo Village, Nawaka and Vatutu whose residents were visited by the WAF team from Tuesday to Friday last week.
Of the visit, Ms Turaga said many of the residents expressed disappointment on the lack of water supply.
"Many of them were unhappy and that is understandable and we were happy that they told us about it and we will do all we can to help them," she said.
Ms Turaga said the personal visits to the affected areas was a show of commitment by the authority to their customers.
"We have been getting a lot of complaints so we decided to visit each community personally so we can get a first hand experience of what they are going through. This is also good for us because it will help us improve our services and in the end it will benefit all of our customers.
"The visits in Nadi is the first time we have done something like this and we are hoping to visit other areas as well."
Ms Turaga confirmed the team comprised of officials from Lautoka, Nadi and Suva who will also visit parts of Lautoka this week.
The team will be in Sabeto Village and Votualevu tomorrow.