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Water Sector Strategy 2050 Unveiled to Ensure Sustainable Water Services in Fiji

Suva, Fiji – April 5, 2024 – The launch of the Water Sector Strategy 2050 on April 4th, 2024, marked a pivotal moment for Fiji’s commitment to ensuring sustainable and resilient water and sanitation services for its citizens over the next three decades. Hosted at the British High Commission residence, the event garnered participation from government officials, stakeholders, and dignitaries.

“Water security is a fundamental issue affecting every Fijian, and the government is dedicated to enhancing access to water and sanitation,” emphasized Hon. Ro Filipe Tuisawau, Minister for Infrastructure, Public Works and Transport and Meteorological Services. He highlighted the strategy’s focus on priority projects and programs aimed at bolstering service delivery, addressing climate vulnerabilities, and improving infrastructure.

“The collaborative efforts behind the Water Sector Strategy 2050 are commendable, emphasizing the necessity for climate-resilient water and sanitation systems,” praised Ms Neeta Pokhrel, Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for South East Asia and the Pacific Water. She urged stakeholders to work collectively to implement the outlined strategies, emphasizing the importance of sustainability, inclusiveness and renewal.

In addition to governmental, donor agencies and private sector support, Ms Nicola Noble, Deputy British High Commissioner, highlighted the national significance of water, both financially and environmentally. She encouraged active engagement with the strategy beyond surface-level awareness, stressing the importance of understanding its implications for Fiji’s future economy and climate resilience.

Meanwhile, the World Bank’s Acting Country Manager, South Pacific, Ms Suzy H Youn-Yildiz and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Finance, Mr Shiri Gounder were also in attendance.

Mr. Tevita Boseiwaqa, Chairman of the Suva City Council, emphasized the cultural relevance of the strategy’s branding, incorporating the Saqamoli to underscore the collective responsibility towards sustainable water resource management.

The launch of the Water Sector Strategy 2050 signifies Fiji’s dedication to ensuring access to safe and sustainable water and sanitation services, aligned with global efforts towards climate resilience, inclusiveness and environmental sustainability.

The Fiji Water Strategy 2050 is now accessible on the WAF website here.


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.

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  • 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.