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Project delay

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

WORK at the Balevuto emergency project by the Water Authority of Fiji has been delayed as a result of damage caused by floodwaters last week.

Divisional West planning officer Luke Moroivalu said the authority experienced delays in laying water pipes as a result of the heavy downpour.

"The work is about 92 per cent complete but because of the heavy rains experienced in the past few days, there was some damage caused in the dam line," he said.

"The line was closed during the heavy rain due to the high level of turbidity."

Mr Moroivalu said work on replacing water mains over 30 kilometres had reached 27.7km before last week's heavy downpour.

"As for the temporary package plants, 60 per cent of earthworks has been completed."

Mr Moroivalu also revealed the estimated damage suffered by the authority.

"To clear the dam outlet road access would cost $5000 and water carting to affected areas would cost about $3000.

"For the whole of the West, the authority has estimated total cost of damage to be around $129,527."

Mr Moroivalu said in Sigatoka $45,300 damage was reported, Nadi $49,847, Lautoka $21,680 and Ba $12,700.

Ba advisory council chairman Viam Pillay said work in the Balevuto area had resumed despite the setback. "There were some problems and the delay that occurred, but now work is back to normal," he said.

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