Media Release - Water Disruptions in Greater Suva Area - 02.01.21
The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) would like to advise customers on the reasons for the recent intermittent water supply to Fijians living in elevated parts of the greater Suva area in the last several days.
Heavy rains in the Naitasiri highlands had caused turbidity in the water and blockages at the Cascade Weir, resulting in low levels at the Savura Pump Station causing the raw water pumps to trip off.
Due to high flow at the Cascade Weir, WAF ground teams were unable to attend to the issue and remove the blockages until this morning (02/01) when water levels receded.
The blockages resulted in zero inflow from the Savura Pump Station, resulting in a reduced overall inflow of raw water into the Tamavua Water Treatment Plant.
WAF ground teams removed the blockages at the Cascade a little after 10 am this morning, however, water levels at the Tamavua Water Treatment Plant are critical and are already impacting Lami and Delanivesi areas down to Togalevu. Areas in upper Samabula, Pathik and Mead Road are now experiencing low pressure to no water.
The Authority advises Fijians to always store at least 2-3 days of clean drinking water in case of emergencies like this.
Water carting trucks have been deployed to affected areas and customers are advised to call 3346777 of shortcode 5777 for water carting assistance and other enquiries.
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.