WAF: Nagado Treatment Plant works vital

The site at the Nagado Water Treatment Plant where installation works are scheduled to take place at the end of this month. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has underscored the importance of conducting new installations at its Nagado Treatment Plant, a move that will see a major water shutdown in the greater Nadi area.

The water shutdown is scheduled to take place from 1am on Saturday, September 29 until midnight Tuesday, October 2 to allow the authority to conduct the installations.

WAF will be installing new Vanessa Valves and Pressure Transducer Pipes at the treatment plant over the four days.

Areas that will be affected are the whole of Nadi, parts of Lautoka and areas covered by the Buabua and Saru Water Treatment Plants.

Speaking at a consultation with key stakeholders in Nadi, WAF board director Kamal Gounder reiterated their commitment towards ensuring that such works were implemented in order for the authority to provide clean and safe drinking water to its customers.

“It is very important that WAF conducts the installations of the new Vanessa valves at the Nagado Treatment Plant as this will allow Fijians in the Western Division to have a more reliable and fully operational water treatment plant in the long run,” said Mr Gounder.

He also reminded those present the importance of storing sufficient amounts of water to last for at least four days.

“Please, start saving and storing your back up water supply,” he said.

Mr Gounder said that to sufficiently satisfy water requirements over the shutdown period each household should store at least 200 litres of water for drinking and cooking purposes.

However, for additional household water needs, more water is to be stored accordingly.

A total of 150 water tanks of 5000 litres capacity will be placed at strategic locations within the affected areas.

This is to allow members of the public to refill their containers and gallons.

Meanwhile, customers in Nadi and Lautoka can contact the Authority through the emergency toll-free short code 1507 or email waterhelp@waf.com.fj for further enquiries.

This will be available 24 hours a day, during the shutdown period.

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