Don’t con­nect il­le­gally, seek help un­der scheme: Wa­ter Author­ity

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Avinesh Gopal

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.

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