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WAF Delegation Visits New Caledonia Water Utility

A delegation from the Water Authority of Fiji (#WAF) visited the Suez Caledonienne des Eaux (CDE) Water Utility Operator in Noumea, New Caledonia recently.

The WAF delegation comprising engineers and senior operations staff, undertook this learning expedition as part of the Capacity Building Programme funded by the European Investment Bank (#EIB).

WAF CEO, Dr Amit Chanan, said that information and expertise sharing was an essential part of the capacity building that WAF is currently focusing on, to improve operations and service delivery across the board.”

We are very thankful for EIB funding that made this visit possible, and for Suez in hosting the learning delegation” said Dr Chanan.”

As we face similar challenges, particularly in terms of the ocean and climate change nexus, there is much we can learn from other small island Water Utility operators, and in turn share what knowledge we have garnered over the years with them.”

Merci beaucoup from WAF to all Suez CDE staff, New Caledonia Government Minister in charge of Digital Development and Energy Transition, and Mayor of Ouvea Island Municipal Council, for the tremendous support and professional advice rendered to the WAF Team during the visit.


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.