WAF to meet with stakeholders on planned water shutdown

The old Vanessa Valve and the two new Vanessa Valves. The major water shutdown in the areas planned for September 29 is part of WAF’s complex works to install the new Vanessa Valves and Pressure Transducer Pipes at its Nagado Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) will be soon meeting with stakeholders in Nadi and Lautoka to discuss on the planned water shutdown in the area at the end of this month.

The major water shutdown in the areas planned for September 29 is part of WAF’s complex works to install the new Vanessa Valves and Pressure Transducer Pipes at its Nagado Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Nadi.

According to a media release issued from the authority, the Authority will be meeting with hotels, councils, businesses, Fiji Airports and other major customers soon to discuss the planned shutdown as done previously.

According to WAF General Manager for Customer Services said Sekove Uluinayau, the authority will work towards ensuring that minimum interruption to major services such as hospitals, airport, schools and hotels during the shutdown period.

He said water carting trucks would be deployed accordingly.

The works are expected to complete on October 2.

The authority has also kindly requested its customers residing in these areas to support this essential operation by storing sufficient water prior to the shutdown and use water wisely for immediate needs during the shutdown period.

 

 

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

 

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

“For other purposes such as bathing, washing dishes and clothes, more water should be stored. Once households run out of water they have stored, 150 water tanks of 5000 litres capacity will be placed at strategic locations around the affected areas, this is to allow members of the public to refill their containers and gallons.

“In addition, WAF will attend to specific requests that will made by domestic customers through its water carting services.

“The authority highly regrets any inconvenience caused to its customers and is committed to getting water supply normalised as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, customers in Nadi and Lautoka can contact 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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