WAF enforces sewer line connection, fines loom

THE Water Authority of Fiji is improving its services as well as enforcing regulations in the WAF Promulgation 2007.

In enforcing rules in the Promulgation, WAF’s customers residing within 30 metres of a sewer line are expected to connect their sewer system to WAF’s waste line.

WAF is targeting customers living along the Suva peninsula and Samabula North.

In trying to get 3250 households connected to its sewer lines in those areas, WAF has also waived the $70 fees for waste line connection until December 31.

WAF’s communications team leader Sharila Lazarus said the practice was not compulsory for customers who did not reside within 30 metres of a WAF sewer line.

“The principal objective of wastewater treatment is generally to allow human and industrial effluents to be disposed of without any danger to human health or unacceptable damage to the natural environment,” Ms Lazarus said.

“This initiative is being pursued by WAF to simply expand its service coverage to make the community a better and healthier place to live in.”

Ms Lazarus also explained WAF was not saving any funds when requesting its customers to connect to the sewer lines.

She said 2025 customers in Samabula North and 1225 households in the Suva peninsula were still expected to connect, while 183 families had already connected their sewer lines.

“WAF currently has a record of two projects which have been completed recently. The sewerage rate is 20cents per unit of water used. This is a flat rate which applies to both, domestic and commercial customers,” Ms Lazarus said.

She said the penalty fine for those not connecting within the given time was $100 for residential customers for every six months until connection was made, and $1000 for commercial customers for every six months until connection was made.

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