Water

New water pipeline to cater for demands in Momi Bay

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has laid five-kilometers of 375mm pipeline behind the Swami Vivekananda College in Nadi which will be connecting to Korovuto. WAF Chief Executive Officer Mr Opetaia Rava said this is to cater for projected demands for at least 20 years into the future, supplying Momi Bay and improving the supply […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 26, 2016 10:53 am

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has laid five-kilometers of 375mm pipeline behind the Swami Vivekananda College in Nadi which will be connecting to Korovuto.

CEO, Water Authority of Fiji, Mr Opetia Ravai. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
CEO, Water Authority of Fiji, Mr Opetia Ravai. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

WAF Chief Executive Officer Mr Opetaia Rava said this is to cater for projected demands for at least 20 years into the future, supplying Momi Bay and improving the supply of water to existing customers in the area.

He said the authority carried out water modelling as part of the development of its 20-year Master Plans which was based on consultations held with major stakeholders.

The stakeholders are:

  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Department of Town and Country Planning
  • Housing Authority of Fiji
  • Fiji Electricity Authority
  • Telecom Fiji Ltd
  • Fiji National Provident Fund
  • Major developers, corporations operating on Denarau

Mr Ravai said that a key development for next year was the recommissioning of the Momi Bay Resort.

RAVAI: “By liaising with FNPF, WAF was able to run a water model based on the full scope of planned works for future development in the area. The model revealed that the future demand would increase to six megalitres a day, whereas the existing 200mm pipeline was still in good order, but only capable of delivering three megalitres a day.”

A satellite image showing the location, in red, of the new 375mm pipeline. (Pacific Reach)
A satellite image showing the location, in red, of the new 375mm pipeline. (Pacific Reach)

Mr Ravai said that the authority is proactive and is already planning for future water supply demands.

RAVAI: “While attention is paid to the repair and replacement of ageing infrastructure, it is also important to note that WAF is proactive and planning for future water supply demands.”

The new section of pipeline has been connected to the existing system and will be commissioned and brought into service at the end of this month when all work is completed.

The water for this section of the WAF reticulation system is sourced from the Vaturu Dam and treated at the Nagado Water Treatment Plant.

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