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Leaks cause water shortage

GERALDINE PANAPASA
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

AN estimated 70 per cent of the water in our system is unaccounted for due to a number of factors, one of which is the leakage in the piping system, said Fiji School of Medicine representative Navi Litidamu.

He said most of the piping system in Suva are old and in need of replacement and upgrading. He was speaking during a forum to mark World Water Day last Friday.

Despite this claim, Divisional Water Engineer Central Eastern Sereicocoko Yanuyanurua said 70 per cent is not the exact figure.

He said it was estimated to be around 50 per cent although this is only a rough estimate and not a confined figure.

However, he said these leakages partially contribute to the low water level at the dam.

Mr Yanuyanurua said work on identifying and fixing visible leakages will begin today and people should contact the Public Works Department if they see visible water leaks.

"It is a big concern for us and we have a special leakage detection unit that uses special equipment to identify and locate visible and hidden leaks.

"The hard leaks to identify are the non-visible ones which are leakages that do not surface. We are going out full force today to fix visible leaks. It would be very helpful for the public to inform PWD of these leakages.

"If the leaks are not attended to within 24 hours, then the public should call the managers or me for that matter.

"People who normally use water for their gardens and washing their cars should take heed of these hard times and save water.

"We are emphasising the need for water conservation"

When questioned on whether a ban might be imposed to conserve water, Mr Yanuyanurua said there were no regulations or laws in place to ban people from using water.

He said they did not have the powers to do so.





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