A FISHERMAN in Lautoka was surprised to find seawater along the popular Marine Drive a light blue colour on Friday afternoon.
Saheed Khan, a crab fisherman, said he had gone to cast his net on Thursday afternoon when he first noticed the change in colour of the sea.
Upon further investigation he found blue liquid coming out of a storm water drain pipe along the seawall.
"After I saw it, I knew that something must have been leaking from somewhere along the drainage pipes. So I walked along the sea wall where a number of factories are located and saw that one of the pipes had blue liquid coming out of it," said Mr Khan.
Mr Khan said he then contacted the Lautoka City Council. The fisherman also alerted this newspaper to the suspected leak.
When a team from this newspaper arrived at the area, the liquid had spread about 30 metres out to sea during low tide.
Mr Khan said the discolouration was worse than when he first came upon it.
"This was worse than yesterday, because very little water is coming out of the pipe right now but yesterday it was a different story. Blue water was rushing out of the pipe and into the water.
"I was very worried about this because I have a net out there and people come here to fish," he said.
Meanwhile, the Lautoka City Council has begun its investigations.
LCC health inspector Rohit Singh said the relevant authorities had been called to look into the leak.
"We have called the Sewerage Department who will be going in and inspecting the pipes," said Mr Singh. "At this point, we can only say that one of the pipes could be leaking, we just have to find out whether it is a pipe owned by the department or by one of the factories. The company could not be at fault, they could be doing the right thing by disposing their waste properly into the sewerage pipes and we suspect that the leak could be from one of the sewerage pipes," he said.