WAF invests $8.8m in infrastructure upgrades

Water Authority of Fiji workers attends to a leakage along the Nagado-Vaturu high-pressure pipeline. Picture: SUPPLIED/WAF

THE Water Authority of Fiji is investing $8.8 million in infrastructure upgrades to meet increased demand for services in Ba, Nadi and Lautoka.

While opening two customer forum sessions in Lautoka this week, WAF customer services general manager Sekove Uluinayau said the increase in demand had led to recent upgrade works in vital water sources in the Western Division.

He said the $8.8m was earmarked in the 2018/2019 National Budget for the Water Supply Hydraulic Pipeline Improvement Works Program in the division.

“This is to replace and increase the capacity of old, undersized, and faulty water pipes,” he said.

“This will also cater for the increase in demand from the growing population.

“Based on a recent 2017 Population and Housing Census by Fiji Bureau of Statistics, the province of Ba which includes Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and Tavua has had a significant increase in the proportion of its urban population by 14.6 per cent.

“This indicates the enormous demand for water supply in these regions.

“These projects are scheduled to be completed between April and July of this year and are expected to benefit 8000 people in the Western Division.”

Mr Uluinayau said WAF was responsible for providing access to quality drinking water and waste water services to over 151,010 residential and non-residential metered customers residing largely in urban areas.

“WAF’s water and wastewater network constitutes more than 4792 kilometres of pipes.”

He said the forum held at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel was a platform to formally engage with customers in the Western Division on a regular basis.

“The purpose is to provide updates on WAF developments and plans and discuss issues arising and this platform gives us the opportunity to listen to you, and your views as well as your feedback on our service delivery.

“The main aim of this forum is to basically foster trust, value as well as understandings for you, our customers.”

A similar forum will be held on February 27 at the Hotel Takia conference room in Labasa.

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