Aging infrastructure continues to be a major challenge for Fiji’s only water utility as it works towards ensuring sustainable and equitable water is supplied to all Fijians.
Last week, during the Public Relations exercise for members of the media, Water Authority of Fiji’s Chief Operating Officer Mr Seru Soderberg said the old infrastructure continues to affect WAF’s overall service delivery.
Mr Soderberg informed the media that most of the water pipelines in the country are more than 50 years old adding, it is a challenge trying to maintain them.
Members of the media were also briefed on WAF’s valve operations, major projects, unplanned and planned water disruptions, wastewater and sanitation and water carting services, among other important water-related issues.
Mr Soderberg, at the same time, informed the media of it’s critical role in working with the Authority during disasters and in times of water crisis where dissemination of credible water supply information to the general public is of paramount importance.
Members of the media later toured the site of the new 40 million litres water treatment facility in Viria, which is part of the $270 million Rewa River Water Supply Scheme.
The multi-million-dollar project is expected to solve the intermittent water supply issues in the Lami-Suva-Nausori corridor, which will benefit about 360,000 Fijians.