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Water contingency plans in place should drought worsen

October 13, 2015 6:47 am

There are contingency plans in place to see consumers through the peak of the El Nino season which the Meteorology office says will be in November.

Speaking on FBC TV’s 4 The Record Show, WAF CEO Opetaia Ravai says the Authority has been in constant communication with the Meteorology office and has plans in place to assist consumers should the El Nino effect worsen.

‘we’ve invested in mobile treatment plants which we’ve used in the past, these plants are containerized and we can transport them to rivers and streams and treat water on site to make it easier for logistics and transportation. For worst case scenarios, if the drought really hits hard the ultimate action that we will take is water rationing, that would mean people get supplied on certain hours of the day but we’re still far from that’.

Ravai says there could also be water restrictions but we’re still far from that and we can prolong it as long as we continue to take proactive measures.

The Water Authority of Fiji has spent close to $200,000 on their on-going Save Water Awareness Campaign as the dry season continues to take its toll on the country especially affecting the Western division.