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Plant repair works done, water supply restored

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

WATER supply in Nadi and Lautoka has been restored in almost 90 per cent of affected areas after the successful completion of works at the Nagado Treatment Plant.

Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) board director Kamal Gounder thanked members of the public in affected areas for taking heed of advisories and storing water during the water disruption period.

"It was a challenge for WAF in ensuring that the public had water during the disruption," Mr Gounder said.

"Ensuring the availability of drinking water requirement for 165,000 customers, including the hotel sector and other businesses during the shutdown period, was the major challenge that WAF faced during our planning phase.

"With proper planning, we were able to meet the challenge. Awareness among the public, major customers including hotels, businesses and Government institutions helped WAF to achieve the goal."

He said some of the challenges faced by WAF officials while carting water to affected areas included adverse weather, maintaining drinking water standards in water tanks and availability of limited water carting trucks.

Repairs carried out to the leaking vanessa valve at the Nagado Water Treatment Plant also brought some lessons for WAF personnel, he said.

"We identified certain sections within the water distribution network that are weaker and sensitive to pressure variations.

"That information will be helpful for future operations. There are some more minor points picked up during the operations that could further be improved."

According to the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) president, Dixon Seeto, WAF had provided excellent service during the disruption period.

"WAF has been facilitating all water carting request in a timely manner to the hoteliers," Mr Seeto said.

He said WAF's consultation with the hoteliers regarding the shutdown period gave them ample time to fill their reserve tanks.

"The water repairs progress update was forecasted and was well informed. The hoteliers are very thankful for the massive awareness that was conducted by WAF. There was a great collaboration between WAF and FHTA and we will continue to strengthen the stakeholder relationship."

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