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“Bursting of water mains not always negative”

The Water Authority of Fiji said pressure fluctuations could cause the bursting of water mains and this may indicate that WAF was doing its job. According to WAF, they repaired forty burst mains around the country in October. In a statement, WAF CEO, Mr Opetaia Ravai said the bursting of water mains due to increased […]

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November 15, 2016 11:15 am

The Water Authority of Fiji said pressure fluctuations could cause the bursting of water mains and this may indicate that WAF was doing its job.

WAF officials repair a collapsed water main along Savura in 2014.
WAF officials repair a collapsed water main along Savura in 2014.

According to WAF, they repaired forty burst mains around the country in October.

In a statement, WAF CEO, Mr Opetaia Ravai said the bursting of water mains due to increased pressure indicated that their customers had started to receive much better pressure in their tap.

RAVAI: “Burst mains are a norm in any water supply system in the world, as no water supply system is burst proof. The bursting of mains due to increased pressure indicates that the customer has started to receive much better pressure in their tap, due to the consolidated efforts of WAF to systematically upgrade our assets and reduce water leakage in the reticulation system,”

Mr Ravai said that the bursting of water mains could also be caused by external factors, such as damaging of water pipes by machinery during earthworks, which resulted in many unwanted water disruptions.

RAVAI: “With this in mind, not all burst mains are a result of ageing assets or to be viewed negatively.

Mr Ravai added WAF used modern technology such as the ‘Pressure Management System’ to optimise the use of existing assets while awaiting replacement.

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