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New source to provide relief

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, December 06, 2013

THE decision last month to construct a dam at Vatusui, Ba, will bring relief 400 families who have been without proper water supply system for about 20 years.

The new dam to be constructed by the Water Authority of Fiji was first revealed during a visit by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to the greater Nukuloa area.

The visit followed the outbreak of hepatitis A and leptospirosis at various settlements in the area.

The dam will be situated at Vatusui Point as a permanent measure to address the water problem in the area.

The new water source will also replace the Waica dam which has been at the centre of the controversy.

Health officials confirmed the contamination of the dam caused the outbreak.

And as a result of diseases, WAF was called upon to clean and maintain the Waica dam which has been shutdown by health officials since November 9.

A team from this newspaper visited Nukuloa earlier this week and noticed significant changes at the Waica dam.

It has been excavated and debris cleared while a sedimentation system has also been installed to allow the free flow of water.

Chlorine has also been added to clean the water source and according to WAF officials, flushing of the pipes are systematically done to clean out debris within the pipelines.