THERE are plans for the construction of a new reservoir at Rara in Wailevu to improve the water supply to the Wailevu Tiri area and surrounding settlements.
Responding to concerns raised by sugarcane farmers of Wailevu Tiri regarding the lack of proper water supply in the area, the authority's North manager Romulusi Mataitoga reassured farmers the water supply would normalise as soon as the new reservoir was up and running from next year.
Speaking during Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's talanoa session in the Wailevu area on Wednesday, Mr Mataitoga said they were aware of the problem.
He said under the Public Sector Investment program, plans were in place to establish a reservoir at Rara.
Wailevu Tiri farmer Mohammed Talim earlier told Commodore Bainimarama about their water problems.
"In the past, the Wailevu Tiri area used to produce a total of 34,000 tonnes of sugar cane in a season," he said.
"This has changed as farmers fled the area because of the constant water cuts, and to date we have been producing a gross of 9000 tonnes of cane in the area. Farmers will return to the area once the water supply is fully restored."
Commodore Bainimarama ordered WAF to look into the problem.