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The 265 residents of Visama Village, Nakelo Tailevu in Nausori, now have access to a better water supply after the completion of water pipe replacement works in their area.

Visama Village Headman, Mr Serupepeli Lomani, on behalf of his villagers, thanked Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) for the works done in his village.

“My fellow villagers are very thankful for your employees whom have worked tirelessly in order to maintain good supply of water in our village. With the installation of our new water pipes it has helped to solve a lot of difficulties which we were facing for the past years. Our daily chores are carried out smoothly and best of all our students are able to be on time to school as well.

“I would like to thank WAF for the great work done in my village in the upgrading of our main pipe, which supplies one of the most important basic needs to all individual households in the village,” said Mr Lomani

Over the years, the residents have faced water disruptions due to the old pipeline frequently bursting or leaking.  This disrupted farming, the common means of livelihood, as well other daily activities in Visama.

To address this ongoing problem, WAF has upgraded the old 50mm AC main to a DN 100mm mPVC mainline.

The $80,065 water project, which was carried out by 15 skilled workers from the WAF Construction Unit, saw the laying of approximately 320metres of the pipeline as well as the installation of two fire hydrants.

WAF Chief Operating Officer, Mr Samanmal Ekanayake, said WAF would continue to implement works that ensure Fijians have access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation.

“The completed water project has improved conditions for the Visama village residents, as over the years, they have been obtaining water from a system with an intermittent supply during peak hours,” said Mr Ekanayake.

Mr Ekanayake said the settlement now enjoys a consistent supply of water that should withstand dry seasons, and an improved, water system performance.


What is the process and fee for a new water connection?

How much is the Lodgment fee?

  • House under construction / Vacant land / Commercial or Industrial
    • $101.00.
  • Completely built house. – [Please provide a letter from the lands department and/ or completion certificate ]
    • $21.95. [Please provide a letter from the lands department. completion certificate or Stamped Statutory declaration on the completion of the house]

Processing Time

  • Inspection to Approval – 15 Working days from the inspection date.
  • Installation – 30 Working days from payment of New Connection cost, on a first-come, first-serve basis. [Stakeholder processing may cause delays]. *Note: Approval of installation is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

How much does the new connection cost?

  • Type A – $285 [“T” from existing connection] Type B $345 [direct connection from WAF main line]
  • New connection costs for Commercial and Industrial customers will be estimated according to requirements and a cost will be provided.
  • Road Crossing/ Service Enlargement is payable if required for additional meters requested. This will be communicated when the approval of internal and external stakeholders are obtained. WAF on behalf of FRA will refund any unused monies to the customer where applicable.