A total of 140 lids were replaced by the Water Authority of Fiji's west operation team once again highlighting the issue of scrap metal theft in the country.
In a release WAF said the lids were replaced following complaints by members of the public of stench emanating from open sewer lines in their area.
WAF also revealed that sewer lines were blocked because stones and rubble were thrown into the sewerage system. WAF said they were tackling financial losses as a result of alleged scrap metal theft in the Western Division.
"It cost the authority approximately $78,000 to bail sewer manholes in the same period and is now forced to consider using fabricated cement, fibre glass lids to cover these manholes.
"Replacements cover had cost the authority an extra $2100," WAF said in a release.
The authority is closely working with the Fiji Police Force to ensure the culprits are taken to task.
WAF also urged members of the public to respect WAF properties as they were placed for the purpose of health and safety measures for all citizens.