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Media Release – WAF Finds Plastic Bottles And Other Rubbish Dumped In Sewer Manhole – 11.05.21

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) urges the public, once again, to refrain from improperly disposing rubbish in WAF systems as it causes damage to WAF assets, and hurts other Fijians in the process.

This comes after WAF’s Navakai Wastewater team found a sizable amount of rubbish, including PET Bottles, dumped into a sewer manhole, in Wasawasa Road, Nadi, while attending to a sewer blockage complaint.

“WAF assets are not rubbish bins,” said WAF CEO, Barry Omundson.

“It is extremely disappointing that despite our regular reminders, litterbugs continue to dispose of their rubbish irresponsibly. The impact isn’t limited to the individuals that commit them – their community and fellow Fijians bear the brunt as well.”

“Damages caused by such improper disposal results in a lot of money and manpower being wasted every year that could be better utilised elsewhere, such as upgrading WAF infrastructure, and improving service delivery for customers.”

Mr Omundson said that beyond the difficulties it presents to WAF,  throwing rubbish, especially plastic items, also contributes to pollution, which harms the environment.

“Not only can lazy and selfish behaviour like this greatly disrupt entire communities, but our natural resources and precious marine life suffer the consequences, as well.”

“Don’t hurt your community, don’t hurt Fiji – dispose of your rubbish properly.”

WAF urges all Fijians to take advantage of the many different proper disposal methods that are available to them, and always dispose of their rubbish carefully.

WAF encourages its customers and the public to call on 3346 777 and 5777 to lodge complaints. This will allow WAF to direct complaints to the right team and ensure the complaints are attended to in a timely manner.


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How much is the Lodgment fee?

  • House under construction / Vacant land / Commercial or Industrial
    • $101.00.
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