Demand for water tanks surges in West

MANUFACTURERS of water tanks in Lautoka experienced a surge in demand and sales after the planned four-day water shutdown was announced about a month ago.

The Water Authority of Fiji said major repair works at the Nagado Treatment Plant would result in a water shutdown, which begins 1am today and ends at 5pm next Tuesday.

Rotomould (Fiji) Ltd managing director Prakash Chand said staff had to take 24-hour shifts and work seven days to meet the demand.

“We have done our best to serve as many people as possible and we did our best to deliver without compromising on quality and standard,” he said.

WAF board director Kamal Gounder said all necessary checks were conducted in preparation for the shutdown.

“WAF has mobilised the operations teams in the Western Division. All final checks have been made and WAF is ready to undertake the repair works at the Nagado Water Treatment Plant,” he said.

“WAF will ensure that during the disruption period there will be minimal interruption to major services such as hospitals, the airport, schools and hotels, as more than 100 water trucks will be deployed to deliver water to them.

“It is of great importance for this repair to take place for WAF to continue to supply clean drinking water to its customers. We hope customers will understand the need for this shutdown, and bear with us in this regard.”

Areas affected include Nadi and parts of Lautoka, excluding the Lautoka central business district and outer boundaries supplied through the Buabua and Saru water treatment plants.

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