Water cuts keep children home

Students of Adi Eliane Primary School have had to deal with intermittent water supply since last week. Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA

INTERMITTENT water supply experienced at a primary school in Bua has forced some parents to keep their children at home.

The students of Adi Eliane Primary School in Batinivuriwai settlement, Wainunu have been without proper water supply for more than two weeks.
Advisory councillor and school executive William Brown said since last Thursday, students had received no water at all.
“It’s not only the school affected by this intermittent supply, the residents of Batinivuriwai are also affected,” he said.
“We started experiencing this problem after the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) installed a new piping system at the reservoir last year.
“Every now and then the water supply is affected and the piping system installed by our grandfathers is much better.”
Mr Brown said they had been blessed with days of rainfall.
“That has become our source and we have asked parents to store rainwater for their family use and especially for their children,” he said.
“Children have also been asked to take their own bottles of water to school.
“We hope that WAF can fix this problem once and for all so we don’t have to experience it again.”
A statement from WAF confirmed a team had visited the school to identify and rectify the problem, so supply could be restored.
“The authority deeply apologises for any inconvenience caused and is committed to restoring a consistent water supply to the affected areas,” the statement said.

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