Advisory: Prepare for water shortages as dry spell looms

USE water sparingly as the approaching dry weather conditions may affect the supply of water in the coming months.

This is the advisory from Water Authority of Fiji wishes to its customers around the country as it prepares for water shortages.

“I would like to encourage people during the dry spell to use water conservatively and ensure it is on a needs basis and not to waste water as every drop is precious,” WAF board chairman Bhavesh Kumar said in a statement.

The WAF stated that customers who are already facing the shortage of water are requested to use water wisely for their immediate needs during this dry period.

Mr Kumar said WAF would continue to monitor water levels in reservoirs closely by recording changes to the consumption levels as rainfall remain below average in the western and northern parts of the country.

“For now, the water levels in the dams have not reached critical levels yet, but at the moment we continue to monitor them on a regular basis,” said Mr Kumar.

He said tthe dry weather conditions in the Western and Northern Division was getting bad as compared to Central Division.

WAF general manager customer services Sekove Uluinayau said the authority would assist affected customers facing water shortages through water carting and other means.

Mr Uluinayau said WAF had reactivated its emergency toll-free contact line 1507 or email waterhelp@waf.com.fj where affected customers can make their requests for water carting services.

“We encourage those that are facing issues with their water supply in the rural areas to contact us on toll-free number 1507, this channel of communication is kept open and we will continue to assist them in the best way that we can. Please take note of the service order numbers which will be issued to you for reference and follow-up purposes,” said Mr Uluinayau.

Meanwhile, public are advised to contact the following WAF staff if they have water carting request:

Regional Manager Central/Eastern Division – 9104 022

Water Carting Co-ordinators – Central/Eastern Division – 9104 177/9104 732

Regional Manager Western Division – 9104 397

Water Carting Co-ordinators – Western Division – 9104 189/9129 886

Regional Manager Northern Division – 9104 805

Water Carting Co-ordinators – Northern Division – 9161 710.

The Authority has also released a water carting schedule where customers can track the days of the week and there areas and on when water carting trucks will be deployed.

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