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Public Advisory: Urgent Repair Works to Collapsed Wastewater Trunk Main

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) will carry out urgent repairs from today (29/10/21) into the weekend on a collapsed wastewater trunk main, which resulted in a sinkhole at 4 Miles Bridge in front of Rewa Dairy.

The sinkhole occurred on WAF’s Western Wastewater Trunk Main which transports raw wastewater from Suva City and the surrounding areas to Kinoya Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The collapsed pipeline is a DN 900 Concrete Pipe that spans across the highway from the upstream manhole on the Cunningham Road exit to the downstream manhole beside the 4 Miles Road Bridge.

“We are working closely with the Fiji Roads Authority to repair the collapsed wastewater trunk main as soon as possible,” said WAF Acting Chief Operating Officer, Miteshwar Chand.

WAF is working very closely with stakeholders, especially the FRA, and will carry out the necessary repairs and hand over the site to the FRA contractors for permanent road reinstatement works before opening to road users.

WAF will be prioritising these repair works with urgency, keeping in mind the health and safety of its staff and the general public are not compromised given the nature of works involved with the repairs.

The Authority also requests that the travelling public be mindful of the workers who will be working in the area.

As a precautionary measure, Kings Road has been fully closed between Nabua Roundabout and Centrepoint traffic lights.

In the interim, traffic will be diverted down through Ratu Dovi Road for commuters travelling to Suva.

For commuters travelling towards Nausori, they will need to go through Jerusalem Road or up Mead Road and down Khalsa.

Traffic management is in place for those that require to go close to the cavity area only on official business and residences off Kings Road.

Travellers along this area are advised to take this notice into account when finalising travel plans.


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.