Omundson to steer WAF to better serve Fijians

Omundson to steer WAF to better serve Fijians

By Tifa Vataiki
Thursday 18/06/2020
Water Authority of Fiji CEO, Barry Omundson

Water Authority of Fiji CEO, Barry Omundson says they will keep their priorities in check to deliver their product, which is essential for the survival of the entire population.

The Authority is responsible for over 144,000 residential and non-residential metered customers residing largely in urban areas, reaching over 700,000 people nationwide.

About 116,342 million litres of treated water is supplied to homes and businesses nationwide, each year.

WAFโ€™s network constitutes more than 4313 kilometres of pipes.

Omundson says the culture of the organisation is set by people and things get done through people; not systems or processes.

He says he has begun a strategic shift in WAFโ€™s operations and work culture.

Omundsonโ€™s approach of his role with a healthy consideration of the collaborative and holistic aspects of leadership is a proponent of increasing productivity through building a strong work culture among employees.

As a firm believer of arming and empowering people, his hope is to create a work culture that will give direction to WAF for decades to come.

WAF will also look to improve their services by recruiting based on merit, providing regular training to update and maintain skill sets, and acknowledgement and appreciation of achievements to retain the best talent.

Omundson states that communication plays a critical role in developing a robust and healthy work culture which is reflected not just in operational changes but in a weekly message that reinforces unity and makes sure that everyone is on board.

He says tis focuses on a conducive work culture and environment which is yielding great results and helping WAF improve the Fijian water delivery and sanitation system and take it to the next level.

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