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While we have had 2 significant rainfall events it is still not enough – Soderberg

While we have had 2 significant rainfall events it is still not enough – Soderberg

By Alipate Narawa
Tuesday 02/05/2023
Water Authority Chief Operating Officer, Seru Soderberg

Water Authority of Fiji Chief Operating Officer, Seru Soderberg says while we have had 2 significant rainfall events over the last 3 weeks, it is still not enough.

Soderberg says they noted that within 3 days of the rain event, they were right back to where they were before which alerted them to the fact that there has been rain, but the sources, the aquifers have not been replenished enough to sustain flows into their sources.

He also says it is one of the major reasons why the catchment and sources have been struggling over the last few weeks.

He further says they have built up their coffer dams and while they were able to sustain as much as possible, as of yesterday, it is back to the critical levels of below 0.8 metres.

To replenish the sources, we need at least 6 millimetres of rain every day but what we are getting at the moment is intermittent or less than what we require, or the rainfall happens, but it is outside of the catchment area.

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