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New water supply standard set up

Torika Tokalau
Friday, May 02, 2014

EVERY design and proposal for a water supply will be vetted by authorities who will use the newly-launched Fiji National Drinking Water Quality Standards booklet.

Ministry of Health acting chief health inspector Manasa Rayasidamu said this was irrespective of the location — urban, semi-urban or rural.

"Unlike before where most agencies that come into the country and propose for water supply, have their own design and system, the policy that we have now and also the water quality standard that is now in place basically changes the procedures," Mr Rayasidamu said.

"Every design has to go through and be vetted by relevant authorities so we can ensure the system that is put in place is capable of meeting the standards that come out of the water.

"It sets the benchmark for all monitoring authorities like the Public Works Department, the Rural Water Supply and also for the Ministry of Health inspectors — this is a guide that will help them now.

"Anything below this level is probably unsafe."

Mr Rayasidamu said the booklet served two purposes — to protect the public health and to enable authority to assess performance of water supplies.

"So we are not only looking at water that is coming out through the pipe, we are also looking at how we assess the performance of every system that will be introduced into Fiji — irrespective of where it is, in the urban, semi-urban or even in the rural areas.

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