‘Use water wisely’

WAF general manager customer services Sekove Uluinayau, left, WAF board director Kamal Gounder and director Fiji Meterological Service Ravind Kumar during a press conference in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

WATER levels at the Vaturu water catchment are nearing critical levels. As a result, the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has issued the level one restriction for customers in Nadi and Lautoka.

In a press conference in Nadi yesterday, WAF general manager customer services Sekove Uluinayau said the level one restriction was for customers to use water wisely during the next few months.

“We would like to urge our customers in Nadi and Lautoka to use water sparingly during this time as a result of the low water levels at Vaturu Dam,” he said.

“With these low levels where the water is sitting at 521 metres above main sea level which means we are approaching our critical level which is 520 metres above sea level.

“The healthy level is at 527 metres so you can see that the levels have been reducing over the past few months and it’s nearing the critical level.

“So as a proactive means, we want to work with our stakeholders and our customers by implementing this level one restriction.

“The level one restriction is basically to conserve water and minimise water usage around customers’ homes and their workplace.

“We would also like to advise organisations and employers to conserve water whenever they can; just help us delay this drop in our water levels at Vaturu.”

Fiji Meteorological Service acting director Terry Atalifo said the rainfall outlook for the next few months had been barely above average rainfall.

“This is our wet season which started last month, however, at this stage because we just came out of our dry season, rainfall at some stations we have seen there is a meteorological drought,” he said.

He said the rainfall outlook for the next few months showed certain areas would experience below average rainfall such as Vaturu Dam.

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