WAF estimates infrastructure damage at $3.5m

Update: 4:20PM THE Water Authority of Fiji has estimated at $3.5million the value of damage to its infrastructure sustained at the height of Tropical Cyclone Josie and Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni.

WAF chief operating officer Samanmal Ekanayake said despite this, they remained committed to getting all damaged water systems back in full operation.

He said water supply in Rakiraki, Tavua, Nadi, Sigatoka, and Labasa were almost back to normal as they continued to address the causes of the disruptions.

He added water supply in Lautoka and Ba now stood at 85 per cent as their officials continued to work round the clock to restore damaged infrastructure caused by major flooding last week.

In Rakiraki, Tavua, and Sigatoka, the pumping systems that were put out of operation by floodwaters had since been restored.

Mr Ekanayake said Labasa’s reticulation system was now near full capacity after WAF engineers repaired two burst raw water mains running under the Dogoru River by anchoring them to the river bed with cement bases.

Lautoka’s Buabua reservoir, which sustained pipeline damage to its intakes and restricting the full resumption of water delivery, was now expected to return to normal soon.

In the hardest hit Ba, the pumps in Nadrau and Varaciva Pumping Stations that were put out of operation by flood waters had also resumed operations. 

Meanwhile, Mr Ekanayake said work on rehabilitating access roads to the Vaturu Dam as a result of major landslides that washed away retaining walls and also creating sinkholes, were continuing.