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Businesses set plans for water shutdown

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

TOURISM properties and businesses in Nadi have established contingency plans to prepare for the upcoming three-day water shutdown next month that will affect 165,000 people living in areas between Momi and Lautoka.

Representatives from resorts on Denarau Island and Nadi met officials from the Water Authority of Fiji, where they were told of the strategies WAF would take to minimise disruptions to business operations.

Tanoa Hotel ground area manager Narend Kumar said its three properties in Nadi and Lautoka were prepared for the water shutdown beginning on February 3.

"All of our properties have backup water reserves and each of them has access to boreholes as well," he said.

"We have had a few discussions with the Water Authority of Fiji and they assured that they would also be carting water to our properties when the need arises.

"So with our reserves, borehole and the water cartage from WAF, we know as far as the Tanoa Group properties are concerned, we will be able to have sufficient supply for the three days."

Port Denarau Marina general manager Cynthia Rasch said the marina was working closely with its stakeholders to prepare for the disrupted water supply.

"The marina is well prepared with our contingency plans in place to address our requirements during the water shutdown period. Currently, our property utilises between 30,000 litres and 40,000L per day and we have backup of 60,000L in our tanks," she said.

"With the combined efforts of WAF, Denarau Corporation Ltd and the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association for provisioning of cartage trucks on Denarau, we believe that we should have minimum disruption to operations.

"We have advised all tenants and operators that water had to be used sparingly during this period with restrictions on wash down of vessels, shutdown of our laundry and haul out pressure blasting of vessels.

"Should we face any issues with cartage, we have a further backup of a watermaker that can turn undrinkable salt water into pure freshwater at 10,000L per day on the Sea Mercy barge.

"We believe that with proper co-ordination and successful logistical support through WAF and their cartage trucks, we should see minimum disruption to our operations during this major maintenance work."

The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association has been facilitating the preparations for properties that would be affected.

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