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After just four weeks at the helm of the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), CEO Barry Omundson has made it his first priority to visit WAF’s various divisions and meet the WAF family.

After covering the Central and Western divisions, this week he is in the friendly North.

Mr. Omundson was briefed by WAF’s Regional Manager Northern, Mr. Apete Radrodrolagi on the status of water supply and wastewater services to Fijians in Vanua Levu.

“We in the North feel valued as employees of WAF. The fact that our new CEO is taking his time out to meet all of us is very good and helps cement the fact that WAF is a family.”

“We are very committed to providing and improving water services and accessibility to Fijians in the North.”

Mr. Omundson was accorded a traditional welcome ceremony by the WAF team at the Labasa depot in Vatunibale.

CEO Omundson visited the Labasa depot, Labasa customer service center, Benau water treatment plant and reservoir, and the Namara wastewater treatment plant.

Mr Omundson met with the Acting Commissioner Northern, Mr Uraia Rainima and had discussed water supply issues as well as the plans of the Authority for the Northern Division.

He also inspected the four major raw water intakes for the Labasa water supply system in Nasealevu, Navau, Nasalasala and Nasarava.

The CEO also inspected works at the new 80,000 litre ferro-cement intake reservoir site at Nasalasala, a project funded by the Fijian Government.

The remaining part of CEO’s tour has been deferred due to the impending bad weather.

He has urged all Fijians to keep themselves safe, and to store and boil drinking water before consumption in the next few days.

Water carting trucks are on standby and will be deployed as needed to impacted areas, with high priority given to hospitals and those in need.

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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.