The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) wishes to urge its valued customers in Nadi and Lautoka in the Western Division to use water sparingly due to low level at the Vaturu Dam.
WAF General Manager Customer Services and Acting General Manager Operations, Mr. Sekove Uluinayau said that this has resulted in a low inflow of raw water from the Vaturu Dam to the Nagado Water Treatment Plant (WTP).
Mr Uluinayau said that the water levels is nearing the critical level, and the prediction from the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) is that there may be below-average rainfall in the next few months.
The Vaturu Dam level is currently at 521.590m above mean sea level (amsl). The safe water levels at the Vaturu Dam is 527m to 521m amsl, and the critical level is 520m amsl.
Therefore, it is imperative for the public to save water and use it sparingly, as the delivery of clean and safe drinking water is a priority for WAF.
“I urge members of the public to please practice water conservation in your homes and at the workplaces, as we need to work together to manage this finite resource.”
Mr Uluinayau said that it is paramount that every household should store up to at least two days of water supply for any emergency use to sustain them during the disruption period until assistance arrives.
The Authority urges customers in Nadi and Lautoka to minimize water usage particularly for car washing, watering of plants and gardens, irrigation of new turf, topping up of swimming pools and while washing of hard surfaces, like walls, driveways and footpaths is strongly discouraged.