THE Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has recorded a drop in the number of households using illegal sewerage connections in the Western Division.
Initially, WAF had revealed that 226 households in the region had illegal connections. However, that figure has since dropped to 154 after the authority launched its sewerage verification exercise earlier this year.
An amnesty period, which ended in August, was also given to those illegally using water from the authority.
During this period, people were encouraged to regularise their connections or face a fine of up to $1million.
But figures showed, households were still engaged in the illegal practice.
Of the 154 households, Lautoka had the highest number at 139 households, while Nadi had 13 and Ba, two.
Initial figures showed that Lautoka had 157 households illegally using water before the exercise began.
Apart from Lautoka, Nadi had 24 households while Ba had 45.
For illegal sewerage connections, 31 households were from Nadi, 30 from Lautoka, eight from Ba and one in Sigatoka.