Public urged to save water

DESPITE prolonged dry weather around the country, water levels at dams around the country remain healthy.

The Water Authority of Fiji confirmed this in a Government statement issued last night, and urged members of the public to continue to use water sparingly as dry conditions were expected to affect the country for the next six to eight months.

“I would like to encourage people during this prolonged dry spell that we are going through to use water conservatively and ensure it is on a needs basis and not waste this resource as every drop is precious,” WAF chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai said.

“The water in the dams have not reached critical levels as yet but at the moment, we are continue to monitoring them on a regular basis.

“The water level in the small dam is a challenge and for that, we have other supplementary sources so there is no need to worry at this stage.”

Monitoring is being done by recording changes to the consumption levels as rainfall remain below average in the western and northern parts of Fiji.

Fijians facing water shortages will be assisted through carting and other means.

“This is a commitment the Government has made and the WAF, as an implementing agency, will take water to people who need it.

“There is no other source that they can rely on, especially when they have wells or boreholes drying up and they need water so we will cart water to them.”

Mr Ravai said WAF would also closely work with district officers and commissioners to improve and extend water carting measures and areas.

He advised those facing water disruptions in rural areas to contact their provincial administrators, district councillors and or DOs in various towns for assistance.

“In the long term, we are looking at extending our reticulation network to cover some of these areas.

“We are looking into this and for the long term, we plan to extend our coverage.”

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