Revised Budget is trying to address some issues that led to severe water disruptions - Usamate

Revised Budget is trying to address some issues that led to severe water disruptions - Usamate

By Dhanjay Deo
Saturday 26/03/2022
Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate.[Image: Parliament of Fiji]

Minister for Infrastructure, Jone Usamate says the Revised Budget is trying to address some of the issues that led to severe water disruptions in the greater Suva area in the past few months.

Usamate says about $3.9 million has been provided to address the issues which includes work on valve operations, controlling the amount of pressure as to where the water is going in the system and buying of emergency water tanks that can be put in densely populated areas.

He adds the money will also be used to purchase bulk main repair clamps to minimise the disruption while repair works are being carried out.

The Minister says part of the money will also be used to install pressure reducing valves to regulate pressure in the system along the upper Tovata system.

He says the Viria Water Project is the long term solution.

Meanwhile, Usamate says there is a huge cost of floods on our roads.

He says this year the FRA has estimated it will cost them around $100 million to completely rehabilitate the roads damaged by the floods earlier in the year.

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