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Expect water cuts

Mere Naleba
Monday, February 24, 2014

ABOUT 95,000 people living in the Suva area will experience intermittent water supply until late tomorrow night.

It is the result of major damage to the pipe connecting the Tamavua water treatment plant to the Waimanu pumping station.

People living in the Tamavua, Namadi, Newtown, Tacirua, Sakoca, Flagstaff, Nasese, Toorak and many other residential areas who get their water supply from the Tamavua reservoir will face problems.

Water Authority of Fiji CEO Opetaia Ravai said with another of its reservoirs — head works 3 — in a critical condition as it also had about 20 per cent of its production capacity, the water crisis should be expected.

"It's becoming a situation that is close to critical. This is with regards to our supply system from Tamavua," he said.

"There are two major systems in the Suva to Nausori corridor which is the Waila and the Tamavua system, and what is suffering at the moment is the Tamavua system. What we have seen is quite disturbing at the head works 3.

With the two main water supplies to the Tamavua treatment plant affected — Waimanu pumping station and head works 3 — WAF has organised for seven water trucks to cart water to affected areas.

The water trucks which carry about 5000litres of water will visit affected areas while work on the pipelines at Waimanu pumping station continues.

"The water carting schedule has commenced, it's ongoing," said WAF's customer service general manager Fane Vave.

"At this point in time we are doing all that we can to increase our capacity to reach the 95,000 customers and we are pleading with the public to be mindful that is the reality of the situation.

"These trucks will have to come back, refill and keep moving. Those are some constraints that we are working on.

"We are currently aggressively working on increasing the number of water trucks carting water to affected areas in the next few hours," she said.





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