WAF extends deadline

THE Water Authority of Fiji has extended the amnesty period for the connection of wastewater reticulation systems to December 31.

WAF said the extension was for the Suva peninsula and Samabula North coverage with a $70 fee waivered.

The Consumer Council of Fiji pleaded with WAF in light of consumer outcry over the timeframe and the penalty put in place by WAF. Many consumers living in the Suva peninsula and Samabula North contacted the council, expressing serious concerns and requesting an extension so they could make necessary arrangements to facilitate the connection.

Council CEO Premila Kumar said they were requested more time be given to consumers who did not have enough cash to get connected.

“What is more disturbing is that those residential consumers who fail to get connected to the wastewater reticulation system by September 1, 2014, will, according to a WAF Public Notice, be billed for wastewater (sewer) charges including penalty fee of $100 for every six months until they are connected to the wastewater line while commercial customers will face a penalty fee of $1000 for every six months until they get connected,” she said.