Budget

$308.6 million allocated to Water Authority of Fiji

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has been allocated a sum of $308.6 million in the 2016-2017 Budget. Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said an allocation of $7.5 million has been made for the “Rural Water Supply Programme”, to allow safe, quality and sustainable drinking water supply systems for rural communities. Hon. Aiyaz […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 22, 2016 11:35 pm

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has been allocated a sum of $308.6 million in the 2016-2017 Budget.

Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said an allocation of $7.5 million has been made for the “Rural Water Supply Programme”, to allow safe, quality and sustainable drinking water supply systems for rural communities.

Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the government will continue with the provision of 91,250 litres free water per year scheme in the 2016 t0 2017 budget.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Households with income of $30,000 or below automatically qualify for this initiative. To date, around 25,338 households have benefited from this initiative.”

Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said a sum of $19.6 million has been allocated for the project design works for urban water supply and wastewater management.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “This project is aimed at upgrading water supply and wastewater services in the greater Suva area to accommodate the needs of increasing population and commercial development. Of the $19.6 million, $5 million will be sourced from ADB concessional loan.”

“This include the Occupation Health and Safety Programme $1.6 million and rural water carting to non-metered areas $3.6 million. A sum of $8.6 million has been allocated for the rehabilitation of water and sewerage facilities damaged during TC Winston.”

Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the government will continue with the distribution of free water tanks.

Other major capital projects for the 2016-2017 are as follows:

  • Water Sources and Water Treatment Plants ($15 million)
  • Water Distribution System Project ($29.1 million)
  • Integrated Meter Management Project ($7.5 million)
  • Non-Revenue Water Reduction Project ($6.3 million)
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant ($10.5 million);
  • Improvement and Upgrade of Wastewater Distribution System ($10.7 million)
  • Relocation of Existing Water and Wastewater Pipeline ($8.9 million)
  • Electrical Upgrading Project ($7.4 million)
  • Automation of Water and Wastewater Control System ($5 million) and
  • Purchase of Micro Tunnelling Machine ($1 million).

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