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Public Advisory – Unplanned Water Disruption Notice

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) wishes to advise our customers that due to microalgae and increased turbidity (dirt in water) in the raw water received from the Sigatoka River, the filters at our Matovo Water Treatment Plant have been clogged, causing a reduction in water production.

This is having an impact on Lawai Reservoir water levels, which will result in our customers living in the areas listed below to experience low water pressure to intermittent supply until further notice.

We kindly ask our customers to prepare accordingly and store enough water for at least 2 to 3 days worth of use, while reservoir levels remain healthy.
Affected areas (feeding From Lawai Reservoir :-

  • Malaqereqere (elevated areas)
  • Whole of Olosara (elevated areas)
  • Cuvu Back Road (elevated areas)
  • Rakirakilevu and surrounding areas

Water carting trucks are on standby to service the affected areas during this disruption period.

Our team is currently undertaking operational works to remedy the issue, through additional filter backwashing and increased chlorine pre-dosing, until the water quality fully normalises.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and we seek your understanding and patience until such time supplies normalise.

For further enquiries, customers can call 3346777 or toll-free short code 1508 (all mobile networks) or email

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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.