WAF addresses water disruptions

WATER supply around the country has improved after progressive restoration works on affected water pipes and valves caused by the recent flood and deteriorating weather.

Water Authority of Fiji chief operating officer Samanmal Ekanayake said water production in Rakiraki, Tavua, Nadi and Sigatoka was almost back to normal with causes of major disruptions addressed.

“Water production in Rakiraki, Tavua, Nadi and Sigatoka is almost back to normal with causes of major disruptions addressed. While Lautoka is at 60 per cent, Ba is back to 70 per cent of normal production, an increase of 10 per cent from last night (Saturday),” he said.

“Labasa is presently at 40 per cent, as Water Authority of Fiji teams work round-the-clock to restore damaged infrastructure caused by major flooding during the week.

“Lautoka’s Buabua reservoir has suffered pipeline damage to its intakes and that has restricted full resumption of water delivery that now stands at 60 per cent but is expected to soon return to normal.

“In Ba, hardest hit by the floods, two pumping stations that had been put out of operation have been restored and one of three gravity dams damaged is now reopened. Water carting services continue.”

Water supply currently delivered to residents of Labasa has been sourced from Seaqaqa, about 30 minutes’ drive from town.

“Labasa continues to face damaging rainfall as well as flooding that has affected repairs to two water mains that normally span the Dogoru River, feeding the Benau Reservoir,” Mr Ekanayake said.

“Because of the major disruption, the water level at Benau is critically low, which has resulted in extensive water carting to Labasa residents which is fed from Seaqaqa Depot.

“The authority is encouraging its customers to be proactive by ensuring they have an adequate supply of stored water to cover their needs during the inclement weather and, just as importantly, to boil their water,” said Mr Ekanayake.

WAF has advised people not to forget about rain harvesting as a significant source of water.