Usamate tours wastewater treatment plant facility

Assistant Minister, Vijay Nath and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Jone Usamate sample clean drinking water from the Desalination Plant in Taveuni. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Jone Usamate recently visited the Water Authority of Fiji’s Namara Wastewater Treatment Plant in Labasa as well as the Navaca Desalination Plant on the island of Taveuni.

Mr Usamate who was briefed by the Regional Manager North, Apete Radrodrolagi and the Namara Waste Water Treatment Plant supervisor, Tomu Vuniwai also met and greeted WAF crew members at the plant as he toured the wastewater treatment plant facility.

“The Namara Waste Water Treatment Plant has been there for some time, I was quiet taken back with the way it is, the location, but I am glad to see the mitigation measures in case of a flood. It is obviously under stress as it was designed to cater for 5,000 people but it is now servicing 11,000. But, I am glad to see the plans in place to try and address that, because, on the sanitation side, that is something important for us,” Mr Usamate said.

Mr Usamate also travelled to Naselesele to inspect the on-going works along the access road to the Vakaderibua water source (Northern-end) as part of his Northern tour.

He also travelled to inspect the Desalination Plant at Navaca, the Southern-end of Taveuni Island.

Mr Usamate was accompanied by his Assistant Minister, Vijay Nath and Deputy Secretary Infrastructure,  Iliesa Vonu.

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