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New 3 Million Litres Reservoir to benefit Tacirua East Road residents

New 3 Million Litres Reservoir to benefit Tacirua East Road residents

By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 22/09/2022
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Good news for residents of Khalsa Road, Tacirua Heights and parts of Nasinu as Water Authority of Fiji contractors are working to complete the pipe connection and pipe laying works for the new 3 million litres treated water reservoir along Tacirua East Road, off Khalsa Road, which will address intermittent supply issues in the area.

At the moment, the upper Tacirua East sub-division and Niubalavu Crescent, which are densely populated areas, experience intermittent supply as they solely depend on the reservoir levels at the Nagatugatu Reservoir and the daily valve operations.

The project is set to be completed within the next 4 weeks and will benefit over 5,500 Fijians in the area.

The reservoir was completed in the 2020/2021 financial year and faced a few challenges which resulted in delays, given that a no-go zone was formalised in court within a portion of the area by landowners.

To resolve the issue, WAF worked with the Housing Authority of Fiji to secure an alternative pipeline route to finalise and commission the reservoir, whereby Housing Authority granted permission for use of their subdivision access roads to install the inlet and outlet pipelines.

WAF CEO, Dr Amit Chanan says they are extremely thankful to the Housing Authority team for working with them in enabling the project to get underway and provide people living along Khalsa Road, Tacirua Heights and parts of Nasinu to get a better and steady supply of clean drinking water.

WAF says funding from the mini-budget of $1.06 million has also been instrumental, enabling WAF contractors to undertake the reservoir connection and pipe laying works that were remaining.

Dr Chanan says a total investment of $3.4 million has enabled the expansion of water storage providing resilience to the Tovata and Nagatugatu water supply zone.

He says once completed, the new reservoir will address the service disruptions within the area, bringing much needed relief to the intermittently supplied areas, as well as ensuring better service delivery to people in the area.

Housing Authority of Fiji Deputy Chairman, Saud Minam thanked the Water Authority of Fiji for its efforts and for ensuring that Fijians in communities receive the best supply of water.

Minam says once water is supplied with better pressure in the coming weeks, Fijians in the area will be happy about that.

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