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From iron to plastic

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, November 26, 2012

WATER Authority of Fiji (WAF) will soon replace steel or iron manhole covers with plastic ones.

This was revealed by WAF chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai last week.

Mr Ravai said while they welcomed government's decision to suspend scrap metal dealers' licences, the authority needed to play its part by preventing these illegal activities that saw the theft of government property.

He said there's a product in the market which the authority would consider buying to ensure supply of water would not be affected.

Mr Ravai said at the Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA) conference in Auckland last month discussions focused on how a company in Australia was making covers out of plastic which people could not sell to scrap metal dealers.

"We are now waiting for the actual roll out of the product," he said. "We are keen to purchase some of these plastic covers."

Mr Ravai said they had informed the security people at their depots on measures to be taken to prevent the theft of WAF property.

He said they had also identified certain things which they had set up in their sites, work practises and infrastructures to reduce thefts.

"We know that we have to play our part as well, "he added.

Although Mr Ravai could not reveal how much the authority spent on replacing these manhole covers, he said the items were expensive because they were cast iron.


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