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Irresponsible Littering Causes Sewerage Overflow

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), once again, reminds the public that improperly disposing rubbish in WAF systems causes damage to WAF assets, and hurts other Fijians in the process.

This comes after a WAF team attended to a sewerage overflow on Wednesday (14/4/21) near the Sunshine Special School in Lautoka, and found that the wastewater line was clogged with rags, bandages and thick tissues.

‘Despite our continual reminders, it is extremely disappointing that irresponsible litterbugs continue to dump rubbish wherever they please,” said WAF CEO, Mr Barry Omundson.

“In this case, it was especially appalling, as it was affecting students in the nearby school. It needs to be pointed out that the consequences of these actions are not limited to those who commit them. Entire communities are impacted because lazy and selfish individuals could not be bothered to do the bare minimum – dispose of their rubbish properly.”

“In fixing these issues,hundreds of thousands of dollars are wasted needlessly, in addition to time and manpower. These same resources could be better used elsewhere, such as on upgrades to our infrastructure, that will help Fijians.”

WAF urges all Fijians to take advantage of the multiple proper disposal methods that are available to them and always dispose of their rubbish carefully.

WAF encourages its customers and public to always call on 3346 777 and 5777 to lodge complaints. This will allow WAF to direct complaints to the right team and ensure the complaints are attended to in a timely manner.

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