Taps run dry as crisis worsens

THE Commissioner Northern’s office has so far distributed 795,000 litres of water to rural settlers in the three provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata.

Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu yesterday said given the dry spell being experienced, a standby team had been activated to oversee the distribution of water to the rural areas.

“We have so far supplied 190,000 litres of water in Bua, 410,000 litres in Macuata, 135,000 litres in Seaqaqa and 60,000 litres in Cakaudrove,” Mr Bolalevu said.

“Our team is on standby and we are working very closely with the Water Authority of Fiji to monitor the situation on the ground.

“The dry spell is something beyond our control but we are doing everything we can to deliver water to every affected consumer in the North.”

Mr Bolalevu said they had been carting water to consumers for about three weeks now.

“We have been filling up drums and this is expected to last consumers for about four days to one week. It depends on the size of the drums.

“We have continued to emphasise the need for people to be extra careful when it comes to using water. We are urging them to store and use water wisely until we fully restore water supply.

“We are requesting for their co-operation and we hope they will take it into consideration.”