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Creek problem

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, January 31, 2013

FOR something which runs through the centre of Suva, Nabukalou Creek has been nothing but an eyesore for close to 40 years now.

Not only has its stench caused passers-by to frown, but the sight of people fishing in the creek has also sounded alarm bells, particularly for marine biologist Edward Lovell. He said the state of the creek, when compared to international practices of the World Health Organisation (WHO), did not even permit people to swim in it.

"The University of the South Pacific conducted a water-sampling survey to determine if the coliform in the harbour was above the WHO level for safe swimming (200 coliforms /100mls). An abundance of 1,000,000 coliforms/100mls were found," Mr Lovell revealed.

Another marine biologist and senior lecturer, Dr Joeli Veitayaki, reiterated Mr Lovell's sentiments, saying more needs to be done quickly.

"Nabukalou is what it is today because we have allowed it to be that way. The people in authority have not addressed the problem as Suva extends," he said.

"People over the past 20 years have been allowed to direct their waste water and rubbish to small drains and rivulets that feed the creek. At times one can see raw sewage in the river and pieces of junk that will ruin any habitat."

Suva special administrator Chandu Umaria said the council was seriously considering dredging the creek in the near future.


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