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Media Release – WAF update of Waimanu Raw Water Pumps repair

Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) ground teams are currently conducting emergency repairs on 2 pumps at the Waimanu Raw Water Pump station to restore water to the greater Lami Area from Delainavesi Bridge to the Naval base at Togalevu.

Currently, only pump number 1 and 4 are running while Pump number 3 is being repaired after sustaining damage to its shaft and bearing.

“The fault was caused by silt and debris inside the pumping gallery and when they were sucked into the pump it caused the pump to seize and lock up,” said WAF CEO, Mr Barry Omundson.

“WAF ground teams are already conducting repairs and are expected to conduct the emergency works through the night. The priority is to ensure that Fijians have water and the team have carried out valve operations to sustain trunk main pressures and all areas that are not receiving water are being provided with water carts.”

The Authority highly apologizes for any inconvenience caused to its customers and is committed to getting water supply normalised as soon as possible.

Fijians living in impacted areas have been urged to call 5777 should they have any queries or need assistance.


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.