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Illegal water users

Nasik Swami
Monday, February 11, 2013

THE Water Authority of Fiji has received 60 cases of illegal connections to the government's water reticulation system.

Authority team leader corporate communications Fulori Turaga said the cases were from the Central, Eastern, Western and Northern regions.

Mrs Turaga said an internal investigation team had been tasked to verify the evidence before it was filed in court.

She said WAF noted that majority of the people who illegally connected their water meters were the ones whose water supply had been disconnected because of unpaid bills.

Mrs Turaga said cases were determined when authority meter readers went to take the readings and found that someone was illegally connected to the reticulation system using a hosepipe.

"We are aware that there are more meters illegally connected and using water for free," she said.

Mrs Turaga urged WAF customers not to involve themselves in such illegal activities and come forward to regularise their disconnected meters.

"Contact the authority if your meters are not registered otherwise, we will have no option but to take people to court for illegal usage," she said.

The WAF recorded its first successful conviction in the Suva Magistrates Court in a bid to clamp down on illegal connections last Friday.

A man from Nabua was fined $1000 for illegal connection in which he used water for three days in October last year.

The authority has another case for sentencing at the Nasinu Magistrates Court on March 20.


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