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Water sources drying up

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

WELLS and water sources on outer islands located in the Western Division are expected to dry up in the coming weeks as the dry spell continues.

And to prepare for the worst, the Commissioner Western's office has begun carting water to the Mamanucas, the Yasawas and Vatulele Island.

Nadi district officer Jiuta Waqavonovono says about 300,000 litres of water were transported to the outer islands last week.

He said 110,000 litres of water were transported via a barge to Solevu Health Centre, Malolo Island and schools in the Mamanuca Group.

Another 100,000 litres were transported to Naviti in the Yasawa Group.

"The water transported to the health centres and schools should last for about a month. It should be used conservatively and not be put to waste," he said.

He said the Nadi weather office had reported a below-average rainfall was recorded for the months of June and July.

"We did not record much rainfall for the month of July as well and we are predicting that it will be the same for August and September.

"This is where the red alert comes in because of the prolonged dry season.

"As a result of this, most of the wells and water sources have dried up."

Mr Waqavonovono said water cuts would also be experienced on the mainland.

"We are trying to get people to use water sparingly as much as possible now. We are also closely monitoring reports from the Nadi weather office."