Following a visit to the Nagado Water Treatment Plant this morning by the WAF Board and Management, it is reported that the repair works to leaking Vanessa Valve is well underway.
WAF Board members Mr Hemant Kumar and Mr Kamal Gounder and WAF’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Samanmal Ekanayake were part of the visit.
“Board Director, Mr Gounder said we visited the Nagado Water Treatment Plant to inspect the repair works which had started this morning by the WAF staff together with the contractor, Elisha Engineering. We witnessed them dismantling the leaking Vanessa valve and we can confirm that repair works is on schedule,” said Mr Gounder.
“We are on schedule and we are expecting the repair works to be completed tomorrow, between 7am to 8am. Once repair works are complete, reservoirs will be refilled and this will take around two to three days to fully restore the system.”
Meanwhile, Mr Gounder added that reports have surfaced regarding the damaging of some water tanks by general public that were placed in strategic locations in the affected areas.
“Members of the public are found to be damaging these water tanks by taking out the water tank connections/fittings. Areas reported are in Waiyavi in Lautoka (Bulileka, Kaunitoni, junction of Sukunivalu)”, said Mr Gounder.
Mr Gounder said WAF has reported the matter to Fiji Police Force and said that WAF is working closely with the Fiji Police Force in monitoring the situation.
“We have lodged the reports to the Fiji Police Force and humble request to the general public is please look after these water tanks and if you see people damaging it, please call the toll line or Fiji Police Force,” he said.
Mr Gounder added that the National Control Centre in Namaka, Nadi is now activated and our toll free number 1507 has also been activated and we have been receiving a lot of telephone calls in regards to request for water carting.