NADI and Lautoka residents who are experiencing disruptions to water supply will have to wait a little longer before piped supply normalises because of extensive damage to infrastructure.
The Water Authority of Fiji said a major cause of disruption to the Western Division centres had been fixed and engineers were now turning their attention to damaged pipelines.
"Service restoration in Nadi is now 80 per cent after fixing the washout along the Vaturu raw water main inflows into the Nagado Treatment Plant," a statement from WAF said yesterday.
"This has increased flow to 86 mega litres per day," it said.
The authority said it was unable to put a timeline to the complete restoration of supply but confirmed that "it will take some time".
WAF said it had five water trucks delivering supply to affected areas in the Jet-Set Town.
Meanwhile, supply to the Sugar City is now up to 60 per cent. WAF stated workers were addressing burst mains on the pipeline from the Buabua Dam to the water treatment plant.
Road access continues to be an issue for WAF and technicians had to travel on foot to the Nalau intake to gauge the level of damage sustained to one of two lines feeding the Buabua Treatment Plant.
Work is also in progress at the Saru Treatment Plant where a temporary pumping station is being installed to boost raw water supply to the plant. The authority said because of a large area still experiencing water disruptions since Friday March 30, there were 12 water trucks servicing affected areas in Lautoka.