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“Water Crisis” in Labasa and Taveuni

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) says a “water crisis” has hit Labasa and Taveuni with water being carted to 10,000 and 70 households respectively over the past few weeks. According to WAF, Labasa faced a water shortage as a result of the weather condition for the last five weeks. People are advised to refrain […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 29, 2016 9:50 am

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) says a “water crisis” has hit Labasa and Taveuni with water being carted to 10,000 and 70 households respectively over the past few weeks.

According to WAF, Labasa faced a water shortage as a result of the weather condition for the last five weeks. People are advised to refrain from using water unnecessarily as sources are beginning to dry up.

WAF: “With no inflow into the treatment plant, the water level dropped, affecting pressure and supply to the wider Labasa area, especially those households built in higher areas.”

WAF said it had immediately commenced water carting to all affected households, with seven water carting vehicles serving both urban and rural areas.

It would take some time for water levels to be restored to an operational level and they will continue to cart water until the water levels are restored.

In Taveuni, the higher areas in the South and the North continue to face ongoing difficulties.

WAF said the prolonged spell in the Taveuni division has caused water sources to dry up very quickly.

WAF:”For the past two months, the Mua Intake has not been at full operational capacity and insufficient to meet current demand. It supplies households on lower elevations only. WAF carts water to the approximately 70 households on higher levels that the reduced Mua Intake cannot supply.”

WAF stated that one of the three desalination plants damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston in South Taveuni was repaired and supplying metered households on lower levels.

WAF: “The Water Authority of Fiji continues to supplement this by water carting to more than 1,000 people living in metered and non-metered households on higher elevations. The Central area of Taveuni is trouble-free, with three water sources meeting the peoples’ needs and supplying water for carting to those in need.”

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