Fiji vows to have 60% of its population accessing tapped water by 2014

16:31, June 22, 2011      

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The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) vowed here Wednesday to have more than 60 percent of the population accessing clean and safe drinking water by 2014.

It is part of meeting the Millennium Development Goals, WAF spokesperson Joe Cava told media, noting that since its establishment in January last year, WAF has completed 180 water projects for urban areas and rural communities.

"This includes the emergency works program and the capital works program, which resulted in improved access and supply to those living within the upgraded areas. It should be noted that upgrading works is a continuous project and will be undertaken every year," Cava said.

According to the official, by the end of this year, the authority hopes to have fully computerized and rehabilitated Waila and Tamavua water treatment plants, which serve's the bulk of the population in the Suva-Nausori corridor.

"One of the major projects to be undertaken this year is the rehabilitation of the Benau water treatment plant in Labasa, which will complement the already commissioned Navau to Benau raw water main. This will result in the significant improvement to the supply in Labasa," Cava said.

He expressed that "WAF is committed to fulfilling its vision of providing an effective and efficient delivery of water and waste water services in accordance with WHO standards as well as its mission of commitment to operating as an efficient and effective viable water supply and waste water service provider delivering agreed levels of service to the people of Fiji."

While urging people to pay their bills and arrears on time in order for the authority to be able to carry out its works in an efficiently, Cava stressed that "this will go to the government's coffers from where funding for improvements to our infrastructure will come."

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