WAF installs hundreds of water tanks ahead of Nagado shutdown
September 24, 2018 6:18 am
The Water Authority of Fiji has placed over two hundred and six water tanks of 5300 and 10,000 litres capacity at strategic locations around Nadi and Lautoka in preparation for a four day water shutdown at Nagado from this weekend, the 29th of September to the 2nd of October.
A total of ninety-six water tanks have been placed around affected areas in Lautoka and a total of one-hundred and six water tanks have been placed in strategic locations around the Nadi area.
WAF Board Director, Kamal Gounder says they are urging residents to store at least 200 liters of drinking water to sustain themselves and their families during the water disruption which begins on Saturday and is expected to conclude on Tuesday the following week.
Regarding the placement of water tanks, he says WAF is doing this to assist members of the public during the water shutdown who may run out of stored water.
The Authority is stressing that those members of the public residing in the affected areas are urged to start storing water now and not wait until the end of the week, as experiences from the last two water shutdowns (in February and June) saw a sudden surge resulting in the drastic drop in water levels at the reservoirs as customers were all storing water at once – this could result in many customers not storing sufficient backup supply to sustain them during the planned disruption period.
Goundar says they will be working with the Fiji Police Force in the monitoring of water tanks, as reports of vandalism and damages had surfaced during the earlier water shutdowns, any complaints or reports will be forwarded to the Force for further investigations.
The full list of the water tank locations he says will be widely advertised in in the media as well as on the Authority’s website and Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the Authority wishes to advise motorists traveling along roads in the greater Nadi and Lautoka area to be mindful of water carting trucks during the disruption period.