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Media Release – Suspected Sabotage On WAF’s Water Pumps

Investigations are currently underway on suspected sabotage on Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) systems after signs of deliberate damage were found on WAF pumps causing major water cuts in many parts of Fiji.

Last month, WAF investigation teams inspecting the pumps that send water from Tacirua to Dokanisuva reservoir found that shafts had been prevented from closing due to suspected sabotage. Other areas around Fiji are also being investigated.

“At this stage, the signs strongly point to sabotage and it is quite sad that so many Fijians had to suffer because of the actions of a few people,” said WAF CEO, Mr Barry Omundson.

“The suspected sabotage made an already dire situation worse with water levels being low due to weather patterns induced by our current climatic conditions, induced by climate change.”

The investigation team’s report is being handed over to the Fiji Police Force for further action.

“In the meantime, we are implementing strategies such as tighter security measures to protect our assets and our teams continue to work around the clock to supply water to Fijians,” Mr Omundson said.

“We, of course, are aware that work needs to be done in many areas and we are currently undertaking several exercises to improve the authority, in particular, the work and people culture.”

Customers can call 5777 for any queries or if they wish to report an issue.


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