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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.


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