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Dam reopens

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, December 14, 2013

THE Waica dam in Nukuloa, Ba, has been reopened, health authorities confirmed.

Divisional health inspector Rakesh Kumar said water test results from the much improved dam had shown the water was much safer compared with three months ago.

"We've conducted tests after the Water Authority of Fiji started improving the bridge and found that the water is now free of the bacteria that were causing the outbreak of leptospirosis and hepatitis A," he said.

"The quality of the water is much better now and we decided to reopen the dam on Wednesday."

Ba advisory council chairman Viam Pillay said the dam was now supplying water to the 419 households affected by the outbreak.

"The dam is open now and people are getting clean drinking water in their taps and they don't have to worry about diseases," he said.

He said WAF engineers were working to improve the state of the dam after a directive was issued last month by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

He said while the reopening of the dam had brought relief to residents of Nukuloa and neighbouring areas, people should still boiled water.

"The water is safe to drink but we are still raising awareness that people still boil water. This should be standard practice and will keep people from getting any kind of sickness."





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