DAMAGE to Water Authority of Fiji's (WAF) infrastructure around the country plus rehabilitation costs are estimated to be over $10 million.
WAF acting chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai revealed this yesterday and said Fiji was still recovering from the last flood.
Damage to WAF's water supply infrastructure after the last flood was around $1.2 million and rehabilitation costing around $8 million, said Mr Ravai.
He said Sigatoka continued to experience water problems as teams sent to the WAF facility were unable to locate the main switch gear that were still underwater.
"Water is flowing back into the treatment plants. In Qereqere, we have an operational borehole and this is providing the Fijian (Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa) with water," Mr Ravai said.
"In Natadola, our teams are still trying to locate a burst main which is causing problems," he said.
"In Nadi, many of our water pipes were washed away. Our teams are working on this and we are also supplying water to the Denarau area.
"Ba, Tavua, and Rakiraki will continue to have intermittent water supply.
"We also have a filling point in Navakai. We have water trucks carting water to affected areas but roads in the West have been severely damaged and accessibility is an issue.
"We're also sharing our equipment and personnel with other government agencies so our resources are stretched," he added.
Mr Ravai said regardless of how fast rehabilitative works were completed, a return to normal water supply would take a while as WAF's water pumps relied on electricity, which would be rationed in the weeks to come.
He confirmed the majority of WAF's staff would be relocated to the Western Division and urged people to use water wisely.