The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) wishes to advise its customers living in Nadi and Lautoka that water supply will be disrupted from 5pm Saturday 23rd June until 12midday Wednesday 27th June.
Areas affected will be Nadi and Lautoka areas except the Lautoka City Centre and some outer boundaries of Lautoka who are supplied through Buabua and Saru Water Treatment Plant (WTP).
This water disruption is a result of emergency maintenance work that will be carried out at the Nagado Water Treatment Plant. The work involves the urgent replacement of a Polyjet section of the pipeline from the Vaturu Dam to the Nagado Water Treatment Plant. This particular section of the pipeline is leaking which is resulting in large amounts of water to be lost and this repair section is completely different from the section that was repaired during the shutdown earlier this year (3rd to 6th February).
Supply is expected to be gradually restored after the repair. However, the restoration operation is a complex process that involves with air bleeding and flushing of the trunk mains. Since the entire transmission system and all service reservoirs below Nagado WTP becomes empty, the anticipated time for complete water restoration will be 2.5 to 3 days after the repair. Therefore, the total estimated time for the entire operation will be 3.5 to 4 days. The supply will be restored by 12midday on Wednesday 27th June.
WAF advises that to sufficiently satisfy your water requirements over the shutdown period that each household should store 200 litres of water for drinking and cooking purposes. For other purposes such as bathing, washing dishes and clothes, more water should be stored. Once households run out of water they have stored, there will be around 170, 5,000 litre and 10,000 litre water tanks that will be located at strategic locations for people to go and fill in their containers and gallons. In addition WAF will attend to specific requests that will made by domestic customers via water carting.
WAF will ensure that during the shutdown period there will be no interruption in the major services such as hospitals, airport, schools and hotels as 63 water trucks will be deployed to cart water.
Therefore, the Authority is kindly requesting its customers residing in these areas to support this essential operation by storing sufficient water prior to the disruption and using water wisely for their immediate needs during this shutdown period.
The Water Authority highly regrets any inconvenience caused to its customers.
For further enquiries, customers in Nadi and Lautoka can contact Nagado Shutdown Helpline through the toll free short code 1507 for TFL, Vodafone, Digicel and Inkk network users, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further enquiries, which will be available 24 hours a day, during the emergency shutdown period.