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Fiji Water Authority Prioritizing Service To Hospitals, Towns
Water supplies slowly being restored around country

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 20, 2012) – The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is prioritizing water supply for hospitals and town areas first as repair work continues in order to restore water to other affected areas.

In the Central division, due to no power supply to the Tacirua reservoir and the Colo-i-Suva reservoir areas there is still no water supply for people living in Tacirua Heights, Savutelele, Princes Road (Tacirua Village and Dokanisuva), Colo-i Suva, Colo- i- Suva Forestry and Colo- i – Suva village, lower Muanikau/ Domain, parts of Flagstaff, Raiwai, Raiwaqa and at Suva point.

Two water trucks are catering for those in Deuba/Navua especially for those living along Nakalevu to Sosa however the majority of residents in Pacific Harbour have started to receive water last night.

In Naboro, some homes are still without water while in Korovou and Levuka water supply has started to normalize.

In the Western division, the Tavua treatment plant is running on generators and four trucks are catering for affected residents, while in Rakiraki water will be restored later this morning once average reservoir levels are reached.

In Ba, generators are being used to power the Waiwai Water Treatment Plant and Varaciva Pumping Station while at the Nadrou Pumping station, its raw water main was washed out at the town end of Moto Bridge.

In Lautoka, there is still no power supply at the Water Treatment Plants and Buabua Water Treatment Plant however inflow has started to pick up after the clearing of intakes and those affected include residents living in Matawalu, Qalito, Waiyavi St. 5, John Road, Drasa Dam Road, Vatumai and Vakabuli.

Power has been restored at the Saru Water Treatment Plant and water will slowly be restored to residents living in higher areas of Natabua, Saru Back Road and Field 40 this morning.

In Nadi, the water distribution system has some air in it and is being cleared, and those living in Martintar, Wailoaloa and Namaka areas are being monitored while water trucks are currently servicing those living in Malolo, Navo and other rural areas.

In Sigatoka, the Matovo Water Treatment Plant is still running on generator and inflow has started to normalize however there is still no power supply at the Qereqere Borehole and higher areas in Sigatoka including Olosara, Ulasila and Oloolo are still affected.

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