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The villagers of Vio Island in Lautoka are breathing a sigh of relief today as they can now wake up and have access to clean and safe drinking water right at their homes.

This is after the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned the Vio Water Project.

While speaking at the event, Bainimarama said when villagers see the stream of pumped water coming out of a new tap for the first time, they often break into tears of joy.

He says any Fijians come up to him and tell him that they never expected the day to come when they would have a safe and reliable water source.

Bainimarama says that previously the villagers needed to go to the mainland by boat, fill drums with water from a tap and cart the heavy containers back to be used for drinking and washing.

The Water Authority of Fiji has extended Lautoka’s existing reticulation system to Vio, piping water from the mainland under the seabed and directly to the community.

The Prime Minister has also urged the villagers not to waste water and care for the new system that has been provided for them.

The project will benefit over 250 Fijians living on the island.



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.