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Media Release - Litterbugs Cause More Sewerage Overflow - 27.08.20
 Created on: Sunday, 30/08/2020   Print this page 

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is again urging Fijians to properly dispose of their rubbish, after WAF teams attended to an overflowing manhole in Lautoka and found rubbish including plastic bottles that had clogged up the sewerage system.

WAF ground teams, responding to complaints by residents, cleared the blockage, which also included grass, and thoroughly flushed the system.

“This is an ongoing issue that we are having to deal with, despite continual reminders, and we need those who are throwing their rubbish wherever they please, to stop,” said WAF CEO, Mr Barry Omundson.

In this case the residents went to the media to complain about the issue on the basis that it was caused by the Water Authority of Fiji when in fact the real cause was fellow residents who have chosen to dump their rubbish into our sewer systems thereby causing disruptions to other residents and environmental damage. 

"Once again, a few irresponsible litterbugs have chosen to cause issues for the entire community," Mr Omundson said.

“Careless littering is an extremely selfish act that affects the health and safety of entire communities and causes thousands of dollars worth of damage to the sewer and drainage systems.”

“We put in a lot of time and manpower to fix these issues which, frankly, could have been avoided had people disposed of their rubbish properly in the first place.  These resources could have been better allocated for other projects and upgrades.”

WAF uses a complaints management and performance measurement tool called Gentrack to follow up on complaints and in the case of wastewater overflows, a dedicated team is sent in.

Please do not throw rubbish, especially plastics into your sink, toilets or drains. Dispose of them carefully.

WAF encourages its customers and public to always call on 3346 777 and 5777 to lodge complaints. This will allow WAF to direct complaints to the right team and ensure the complaints are attended to in a timely manner.

 

-ENDS-


For more information, please contact the WAF Communications Team on email corpcoms@waf.com.fj

 

About WAF:

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is a Commercial Statutory Authority (CSA) established by the Fijian Government to provide efficient and effective water and wastewater services in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner. WAF is responsible for providing access to quality drinking water and wastewater services to over 154,000 residential and non-residential metered customers residing largely in urban areas and setting up water supply systems in rural schemes, reaching over 770,000 people nationwide.
WAF’s area of operation covers 18,274 square kilometers of the 332 islands in the Fiji archipelago of which only 110 islands are inhabited and our current water and wastewater network constitutes more than 4923 kilometers of pipes. The Authority provides approximately 134,000 megaliters of treated water annually to homes and businesses nationwide.
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