COM­PLETE, WA­TER SUP­PLY RE­STORED

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Last night most parts of Labasa which were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­ter­mit­tent wa­ter sup­ply had wa­ter fully re­stored. This is after the Wa­ter Au­thor­ity of Fiji com­pleted re­pairs to the leak­age to the DN300 Be­nau to Volanau dis­tri­bu­tion pipe­line, cross­ing the Labasa River, Nabeka in Siberia yes­ter­day.

Au­thor­ity gen­eral man­ager Cus­tomer Ser­vices and act­ing gen­eral man­ager Op­er­a­tions, Sekove Uluinayau said: “The team were able to ex­pose and con­firm the na­ture of the leak­age in the first tide yes­ter­day (on Tues­day) after con­struct­ing the shor­ing and cof­fer­dam.

“After then, we had planned to con­duct the re­pair works dur­ing the se­cond tide at 10:34pm (on Tues­day).

“At 7pm, all re­quired ma­te­ri­als were set up and mo­bilised at the re­pair site.

“The re­pair team were then briefed on the im­por­tance of this work with all safety be­ing ob­served. “Around 10pm the fit­tings such as clamps were in­stalled per­fectly by two of WAF’s cer­ti­fied divers.

“At ex­actly mid­night this morn­ing (31/07), the re­pair works were com­plete and nor­mal­is­ing of op­er­a­tion were con­ducted un­til 2am this morn­ing (July 31).”

Tough job

Mr Uluinayau said: “The re­pairs to this dis­tri­bu­tion pipe­line was no easy task. A lot of work and plan­ning was put to­wards this. “We had to align our re­pair work with the times of the tides to put in the sand­bags and gabion cages to build a cof­fer­dam to iso­late the leak­age sec­tion to carry out re­pairs. “I would like to ac­knowl­edge the res­i­dents for their pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing, as this was some­thing beyond our con­trol and un­fore­seen by the Au­thor­ity.”

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At ex­actly mid­night this morn­ing (31/07), the re­pair works were com­plete and nor­mal­is­ing of op­er­a­tion were con­ducted un­til 2am this morn­ing (July 31). Sekove Uluinayau Wa­ter Au­thor­ity gen­eral man­ager Cus­tomer Ser­vices and act­ing gen­eral man­ager Op­er­a­tions

Photo: Wa­ter Au­thor­ity Fiji

The re­pairs to this dis­tri­bu­tion pipe­line was no easy task. A lot of work and plan­ning was put to­wards this.

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