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Thieves target tanks

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, February 04, 2018

THIEVES have been targeting taps and fittings on tanks placed in strategic locations to supplement Lautoka and Nadi residents affected by a four day water shut down.

Water Authority of Fiji board director Kamal Gounder said the theft of these items was of serious concern because of the shutdown and the number of people affected.

"Members of the public are found to be damaging these water tanks by taking out the water tank connections or fittings," he said.

"Areas reported are Waiyavi, Bulileka and the Kaunitoni junction off Sukanaivalu Rd in Lautoka."

Mr Gounder said WAF had reported the matter to police.

"We have lodged the reports to the Fiji Police Force and our humble request to the general public is to please look after these water tanks and if you see people damaging it, please call the toll line or Fiji Police Force."

He said the National Control Centre in Namaka, Nadi, had been activated and affected customers could contact WAF officials on the toll free number 1507.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed receiving a complaint from WAF.

She said affected residents should refrain from damaging water tanks.

Ms Naisoro added police were monitoring the affected areas.

Meanwhile, repair works on the leaking Vanessa Valve at the Nagado Water Treatment Plant officially began yesterday.

Mr Gounder said the repair works were on schedule and would be completed by today.

"Once repair works are complete, reservoirs will be refilled and this will take around two to three days to fully restore the system," he said in a statement.

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