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A Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) Board Director, Mr. Hemant Kumar, earlier this week (06/05) inspected the water and wastewater systems in Labasa, accompanied by the Director for Water and Sewage, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Mrs. Susana Valemei, as well as members of WAF’s senior management.

Mr. Kumar said that he was impressed with the hard work undertaken by the WAF team and that the highlight of trip was visiting the intake up in the hills, a beautiful location, with clean fresh water coming into the system.

Their visit began at the Authority’s Labasa Depot in Vatunibale, followed by the Namara Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Nasealevu Water Source. They also visited major ongoing projects in Labasa, such as the sewer mains upgrade from Nivis Road to Damanu, as well as the Rara Reservoir. The tour concluded after visiting the new WAF depot site in Vatunibale.

Mr Kumar said that the WAF board and management are closely monitoring the systems in the Northern Division in terms of future projects to expand and extend its coverage for the demand in the near future.

Mr Kumar said that WAF is committed to undertaking projects with the aim of providing clean water and sanitation to all Fijians.

“But certainly, looking at what needs to be done, the management has got a good handle on it…and everyone at WAF seems to be focused on meeting the challenges that we have ahead,” said Mr. Kumar.


Meanwhile, the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) held the second round of its suppliers and plant hire contractors forum in the Northern Division yesterday (07/05) at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa.

“The two forums were very successful, as the main objectives were achieved, where we created dialogue and provided a platform to hold talks with key people who help drive our business at the Water Authority of Fiji,” said WAF Board Director, Mr Kamal Gounder.

WAF Chief Financial Officer, Mr Michael Lal while addressing the forum updated the plant hire contractors and suppliers on the latest processes in place at WAF.

He said that the purpose of the forum was to strengthen a good working relationship with the contractors.

“The forum provided contractors with a better understanding of the plant hire process and gave them the opportunity to discuss the key terms and conditions of agreements,” said Mr Lal.

The first forum took place in the Central Division in March, this year and was held at the Holiday Inn in Suva. A third and final forum with suppliers and plant hire contractors will be held in the Western division in the coming months.


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.