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The Water Authority of Fiji’s (WAF) ground teams have continued to work around the clock, with safety in mind, during the recent adverse weather conditions in the Western Division.

Due to the recent continuous heavy rains, the Varaqe Dam pipeline is suspected to have collapsed and as a temporary measure, our teams installed a temporary raw water pump.

This is to provide an alternative raw water supply to the Saru water treatment plant to recover the production, while our teams work on accessing the dam to assess damages.

As can be seen in the images, our dedicated and hardworking ground teams had to wait for floodwaters to recede before they could safely install a raw water pump in order to normalise water flow.

The Varaqe Dam caters to more than 20,000 #Fijians in the areas of Natokawaqa, Field 40, MN Naidu, Rifle Range, Saru, Wairabetia, Natabua, Lauwaki, Vuda Back Road and Navula in Lautoka.


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.