Don’t connect illegally, seek help under scheme: Water Authority
The Water Authority of Fiji is calling on people living in informal and other settlements to stop making illegal connections to get the basic necessity of life. Fijians are encouraged to seek assistance under the Free Water Scheme provided for by the Government. Corporate communications officer Peni Shute said the authority had powers to take people to court if they were found to have illegal water pipe connections.
“We do meter reading every two months because the bills are quarterly and when meter readers see any illegal connections, they inform the office and we investigate,” he said.
“It’s a common problem, but not alarming as of now. We understand that some people in these settlements are struggling to make ends meet but they can seek assistance.
Mr Shute said the scheme was for families earning a combined income of less than $30,000 annually.
The calculation of free water will be based on an average of five members per household.
People can visit their nearest Water Authority outlets and register for this scheme and the application has to be accompanied by documented proof about their earnings which will be assessed to determine whether they qualify to receive free water.
An artist’s impression of what the water treatment plant in Naitasiri would look like.