Water just once a day

Anand Sagar at his home in Nakasi. Picture: ELENA VUCIKULA

Residents of Kavika Place in Nakasi have been plagued with intermittent water supply issues for years.

Anand Sagar, a resident, claimed that on most days, they only received piped supply once.

“Water comes in early in the morning at around 5am and closes again and then we have to wait for 5am the next day,” the 68-year-old plumber said.

“This has been happening for a long time.

“When we want to bath or drink water, we have to look for it. We have buy bottles of water for drinking and look for places where we can fill our drums for bathing, drinking and cooking.

He claimed that on some occasions, there would be no water for a whole week and the lack of advisory from the Water Authority of Fiji would catch the residents off guard.

“Water is a necessity for life. “The least WAF can do is supply water to us or at least give us a reason as to why there is no supply.

“No water trucks have come to our area from when we began to have supply issues.

“We have raised our concerns with WAF but they don’t listen.

“We have schools nearby and schoolchildren are being affected the most.”

In an interview last month, Public Works Minister Ro Filipe Tuisawau said he had directed that an assessment be done on areas experiencing serious water issues.

Ro Filipe said he had liaised with the WAF CEO Dr Amit Chanan to address areas of concern, especially in terms of water availability in homes.

He said Government would look into the chronic water issues.

Questions sent to the Ro Filipe Tuisawau and Water Authority of Fiji CEO Amit Chanan remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

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