Presence of high voltage cable delayed works on leakage of sewer main on Narewa Rd in Denarau – WAF CEO
WAF works with Min of Tourism and Denarau Corporation to secure funds to upgrade 45-year-old pump station

Presence of high voltage cable delayed works on leakage of sewer main on Narewa Rd in Denarau – WAF CEO

WAF works with Min of Tourism and Denarau Corporation to secure funds to upgrade 45-year-old pump station

By Alipate Narawa
Wednesday 06/09/2023
[Image: WAF]

Concerns have been raised by people living in Nadi about the raw sewerage on Narewa Road which leads to Denarau as well as the discharge from the pipes under the Denarau bridge.

fijivillage News reached out to the Water Authority of Fiji who say their Wastewater Team are currently onsite at Narewa Road attending to an active leakage on the rising sewer main from Denarau Island to Navakai Wastewater Treatment Plant.

WAF CEO, Dr. Amit Chanan confirms there is no leakage under the bridge.

Dr. Chanan says the break on this rising main was reported on Monday morning, but due to the presence of a high voltage underground cable running parallel to the wastewater rising main, their team was not able to immediately mobilize and carry out the repairs.

He says due to safety concerns related to working in close proximity of a 33 kV high voltage cable, their standard operating procedure required obtaining clearance from Energy Fiji Limited for isolation of the cable and for their supervision of the site to facilitate the repairs.

The WAF CEO says unfortunately it is a necessary safety requirement because EFL High Voltage cables are laid parallel to the main and at some sections literally over the wastewater rising main.

He says EFL was able to confirm yesterday afternoon for these works to be carried out from 8.30 this morning. Dr. Chanan says WAF repair teams were mobilized on site this morning and they anticipate completing the repairs by this evening.

Meanwhile he adds that WAF is currently working with the Ministry of Tourism and the Denarau Corporation Limited to secure funding to upgrade the almost 45-year-old Regent pump station and its supporting infrastructure on behalf of Denarau Corporation.

The WAF CEO says this work will address current issues and have additional capacity for the future developments on Denarau.

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