Prime Minister Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama was the Chief Guest at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Nabouwalu Packaged Water Treatment Plant, earlier today (15/09/22).
The facility, which is set to be completed in 9 months, will reliably supply clean drinking water to over 2,800 Fijians in Nabouwalu.
Prime Minister Bainimarama said that the Fijian Government was “mustering the investment, the political will, and, above all, the vision necessary to build back better to protect and improve water and sanitation access” in the face of factors like ageing infrastructure and climate change.
“When this development is complete it will be worthy of Nabouwalu’s future and the expanding network of infrastructure we’ve built in your area – including the recently commissioned Nabouwalu Fire Station,” said the Prime Minister.
“The world has never been warmer or filled with more climate risks. Regardless, we are making sure that Nabouwalu will have its most reliable water and waste-water supply in history. And as we have seen in Ba and most recently in Savusavu, when we make promises, we deliver. “
Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) COO, Seru Soderberg, thanked the Fijian Government for their continuing support and said that the upcoming water treatment plant is part of a series of WAF projects aimed at bolstering existing infrastructure and addressing gaps in supply capacity.
The facility will include a new 2 million litre per day capable packaged water treatment plant, a 1 million litre reservoir, related pipeworks, electrical works, and backup gensets, and has been designed to operate even during high turbidity.
“As with the recent Waiwai Water Treatment Plant and Savusavu Water Treatment Plant, we want to ensure that Fijians living in the area have a reliable and resilient supply of clear drinking water at all times,” said Mr Soderberg.
“With the impact of climate change, we are seeing an increase in bad weather, which is why the plant has been designed to be operable even during flooding, or when there is a power outage.”
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