THE Water Authority of Fiji has launched its new $800,000 Geographic Information System.
The GIS is a computerised solution tailor-made for water utilities and was purchased from Open Spatial Pty Limited of Australia through WAF's 2012 capital grant from the government.
Authority CEO Opetaia Ravai said the new deployment was in line with the objectives of the 2012 government budget.
"With the GIS, WAF will be eased of the challenges of having to manage a huge volume of data and management of its existing structures and construction of new infrastructure," Mr Ravai said.
He said WAF would be able to make informed infrastructure improvements with the newly-developed system.
And with more than 80 per cent of all information used by water and waste water utilities being geographically referenced, it offers the combined power of both geography and information systems.
"Through the use of GIS technology WAF will increase its productivity, respond faster to customers' complaints, construct hydraulic models and improve analysis of infrastructure and asset management," Mr Ravai said.