Fiji Time: 5:56 PM on Tuesday 9 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Residents endure 30 years of water woes

Jone Kalouniviti
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

RESIDENTS of Vatamai, a settlement just outside Lautoka City, say they have been plagued with water problems since the 1970s but all their pleas for assistance have been ignored.

There are about 2000 people who live in this area and 200 are registered meter owners. Luvu Sangam School is also located in this area and the Buabua reservoir is close by.

"Every week or so, we have to call water trucks to deliver water to the area," said 58-year-old grandmother Ved Wati.

"We have had this problem since we moved here in 1975. Even though we have made pipes."

Mohammed Shameem, who also lives at Vatamai, said landowners had in 2012 consented to the use of their land by WAF for the laying of pipes as a means of rectifying the problem. "We do not know who else to talk to but the media now."

Water Authority CEO Opetaia Ravai said they had identified Vatamai as an intermittent supply area since their establishment in 2010.

"As a short term solution, the authority assists its customers by regular water carting services," Mr Ravai said.

"WAF is working on improving works for its Buabua reticulation system with an objective to supply Vatamai as soon as practicable."

He said areas like Vatamai sits on the prioritised list of projects for 2014.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65570.6367
JPY 55.161052.1610
GBP 0.32590.3179
EUR 0.42090.4089
NZD 0.71710.6841
AUD 0.66690.6419
USD 0.47340.4564

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 9th February 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Angry 7s fan smashes TV screen
  2. Ryan: Sunshine ahead
  3. Investigation as nurse falls with baby
  4. Police action
  5. Media exec, lecturer take up MP roles
  6. Tuwai ready to cement spot in the team
  7. System slow moving
  8. Ro Teimumu: Black ribbon is for "country's dying democracy"
  9. CORRECTION
  10. Outage disrupts sitting

Top Stories this Week

  1. 49-year-old man arrested at Nadi airport Wednesday (03 Feb)
  2. Sevens changes Friday (05 Feb)
  3. Fiji picks up the pieces Thursday (04 Feb)
  4. Need speed Monday (08 Feb)
  5. Running brawl part of journey to Rio Wednesday (03 Feb)
  6. Rape victim speaks out Wednesday (03 Feb)
  7. No tattoo on rape suspect Thursday (04 Feb)
  8. Angry 7s fan smashes TV screen Tuesday (09 Feb)
  9. NZ 7s final refereeing charade an embarrassment Monday (08 Feb)
  10. Legal row Friday (05 Feb)