Probe into alleged theft
24 November, 2018, 12:00 pm
THE Water Authority of Fiji has begun investigations into the alleged theft of equipment needed to complete major piping works in Nadi and Ba.
In a statement, the authority revealed 29 air valves were allegedly stolen from various working stations in Nadi where five air valves were being installed to eliminate air locks in the reticulation system.
“The authority has also launched an investigation regarding the suspected theft of 29 air valves which has been reported missing following recent site inspections,” WAF stated.
“Based on preliminary site checks by WAF crew members, a total of 20 air valves have been uninstalled from their chambers in Nadele to Votualevu Rice Mill, Malakua to Danny’s Shop, Korovuto in Nadi and another nine air valves have been removed from its chambers in the Varaciva and Waiwai areas in Ba.
“While verifying the pipeline components and valve status from Nagado to the Votualevu Rice Mill, in Nadi, WAF crew members identified a total of 11 out of the 15 air valves that were installed under the DN600 pipeline project was missing and are assumed to be stolen, also missing are the slabs of the washout valves.
“The DN600 pipeline project which was cross-connected at two locations (Votualevu Rice Mill and Nadele top) during the recent Nagado water shutdown in September was supposed to be tested last weekend before commissioning the pipeline this week.”
According to WAF, the project was expected to boost water supply to residents along Nadi Back Rd and the southern end of the town.
In the meantime, the authority is in the process of replacing these valves by moving 10 from Suva to Nadi where work is expected to be completed today.
WAF customer services general manager Sekove Uluinayau has appealed to members of the public in the Nadi and Ba areas to come forward with any information related to the alleged theft.
“If anyone may have seen or may have witnessed anyone illegally removing these assets, I humbly request you to contact police on 919 or 917. That bit of information may assist us in a successful investigation and recovery of these missing air valves,” he added.