Major water shutdown: Residents in affected areas urged to store water

A second shipment of drinking water was sent to Penrhyn last week as residents continue to battle a water-shortage problem on the Cook Islands northern-group island. Picture: ABC

PEOPLE living in Nadi and Lautoka have been advised start saving and storing sufficient water supply for at least four days with a major water shutdown scheduled in the coming weeks.

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) will be carrying out complex works to install the new Vanessa Valves and Pressure Transducer Pipes at its Nagado Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Nadi.

The works will commence from Saturday, September 29 to October 2, 2018.

The areas affected will be the whole Nadi area and certain areas in Lautoka, excluding the Lautoka City Centre and some outer boundaries of Lautoka that are supplied through the Buabua and Saru Water Treatment Plants.

WAF board chairman Bhavesh Kumar has requested members of the public to start storing water for at least four days.

“Please, start saving and storing your water supply. It is imperative that WAF conducts these important installations at the Nagado Treatment Plant as this will allow Fijians in the Western Division to have a more reliable and fully operational water treatment plant,” said Mr Kumar in a statement.

Mr Kumar reassured the public in these areas that water supply would be expected to be gradually be restored after the installation works.

“The restoration operation is a complex process that involves with air bleeding and flushing of the trunk mains,” he said.

“Since entire transmission system and all service reservoirs below Nagado WTP becomes empty, the anticipated time for complete water restoration will be 2 to 3 days after the repair. Therefore, the total estimated time for the entire operation will be 3 to 4 days,” said Mr Kumar.

Meanwhile, customers in Nadi and Lautoka can contact the emergency toll-free short code 1507 or email waterhelp@waf.com.fj for further enquiries.

This will be available 24 hours a day, during the shutdown period.