WAF considers taking action against contractor that has caused a prolonged water crisis in Suva
WAF yet to determine repair timeline

WAF considers taking action against contractor that has caused a prolonged water crisis in Suva

WAF yet to determine repair timeline

By Navitalai Naivalurua , Rashika Kumar
Friday 12/04/2024
Source : Water Authority of Fiji

As thousands of people living in the Tamavua, Samabula, Mead Road, Nabua, Waimanu Road and Walu Bay areas face water cuts, the Water Authority of Fiji says repair works on the damaged 600mm main line along Princes Road, however they are still yet to confirm when supply will normalise.

The Water Authority of Fiji says their teams were able to complete the dewatering of the fault site and expose the damaged pipeline to carryout the necessary damage assessment and repair works.

Meanwhile, WAF is considering taking action against the contractor that damaged the 600mm main line along Princes Road on Wednesday night.

Chief Operating Officer Seru Soderberg says the Authority is strongly considering options against the contractor for the telecommunications operator for the cost of repairs for plant and labour, water carting costs, and other expenses incurred as the result of the contractor’s negligence.

When asked what will WAF do to ensure this does not happen again in the future, Soderberg says that it must be noted that approval for road corridor access is provided by the Fiji Roads Authority.

He says WAF will work with FRA to consider reviewing and changing certain aspects of the Corridor Access Request Approval processes to factor in critical water infrastructure to ensure that these types of issues are avoided.

Residents living along Princes Road in Tamavua, Samabula, Waimanu Road, Mead Road, and Walu Bay continue to have no water from Wednesday night.

This time it has also affected about 11 schools in the area, CWM Hospital and Saint Giles Hospital.

They say the water trunk line has been taken offline for repairs.

WAF is urging residents with water supply, to please store enough for their needs during the repair period and they apologize for any inconvenience caused, especially to the schools in the affected areas.

The affected areas include residents living in: - Tip Top: Ratu Mara Rd, Milo Shop - Raiwasa, Shalimar Street, Bidesi, Lewadua, Dilio, Gaji Road, Beddoes, Karan Singh, Koroi, Lagilagi Housing, Falvey, Udit Narayan Street and Aidney Road.

- Rewa Street: Kikau, Talasiga, Sese, Dhanji, Ruve Street, Lekutu Street, Buksh Street, Borron Road, Howell Road, Silimaibau, Akuila Bale, Rose, Armstrong, Alexander, Milverton, George Place, Upper Nairai, Bryce, Raisara, Cheng Place, McFarlane, Wilkinson Street, Hunter, Laucala Bay, Ratu Sukuna Road, Bau Street, Serua, Carew, Short Le Hunte, Knolly St, Marion, Dilio Street, Belo Street, Kula Street, Kaka Street, Karan Singh Road, Beddoes Street, Moti Street, Tawake Street, Matanitobua Road, Ritova Street, Kini Street, Brown Street, Augustus Street and Nailuva Road.

Waimanu Road: 15 A & 15B: Waimanu Rd, Boro, Toganivalu, Sawani, Mal Street and Extension Street.

- Mead Road: Bayview Heights, Nabua, Sukanaivalu Road, Sawau Street, Yohann Place, Vuibau Place, Sam Lal Street, Paul Sloan Street, Joyce Perks Street, Nabua Top Line, March Place, Maddocks Street, Nabua Road, Lavena Road, Pikeu Street, Finau Street, Nabua Town, Volavola Road and Evetts Place

- Samabula: Bureta Street, Tuvana Place, Tubou Street, Lakeba Street, Helsen Street, Komo Street, Aiwa Street, Naiyau Street, Sovu Place, Kabara Street, Fulaga Street, Namuka Street, Ono Street, Moala Street, Vatoa Street, Munia Street, Totoya Street.

- Walu Bay: Foster Road, Eliza Street, Syria Road, Rona Street, Sonoma Street, Leonidas Street, Argo Street, Matua Street, Amra Street, Tofua Street, Rokobili, Tamavua Road, Reservoir Road, Mavoa Road, Mali Place, Saint Giles Hospital, Uluvatu Road, Nauluvatu, Kasavu Road.

For some of the areas affected, they have had no water since Monday.

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