It advices people to cut down on drinking grog or watering gardens especially during this time when water is scarce.
THEY (MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC) HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LISTING FOR THOSE RURAL AREAS SO THAT THEY KNOW WHICH DAYS they can go and cart water and they have to follow that schedule.
Water Authority of Fiji is asking members of the public to use water wisely.
It has been carting water to areas with water shortage.
Water Authority of Fiji team leader Corporate Communications Lawedua Mara said the water carting was done according to a schedule with a list of the areas that needed assistance.
“They have to follow the listing for those rural areas so that they know which days they go to cart water and they have to follow that schedule,” she said.
The carting schedule includes various rural areas along Lautoka, Nadi, Tavua, Ba and Rakiraki. For each town or city, there is a list of rural areas that the water trucks visit only once a week in order to be able to help other areas.
Nazmin Nisha, a resident at Buabua Settlement in Lautoka says it is a struggle for her family to wake up in the morning to fill water for their daily chores.
“We wake up at 2am to fill our buckets and drums every day because that’s the time the water comes on and we have to wash so much clothing because there’s 12 children living here,” she said. “We have to work together to wash dishes and complete the housework before the water closes at 4pm.” Ms Nisha said her family lived in an area far from the main road.
“The water supply trucks do come to Buabua, but they just service the houses on the main road of the settlement and our house is located on a slope, so maybe that’s why the truck never come here,” she said.
She also said despite the fact that two families lived in the same compound, they continued to share whatever resources they had.
“We have to be smart with how we use the water, but we survive by collecting what little water comes by filling our drums and buckets so that we are all able to use it for cooking, washing and cleaning. We hope the water trucks will at least try and come to our house to help us,” Ms Nisha said. Divisional Planning officer West Jone Dacau said arrangements had been made to cart water to the maritime areas in the Western Division
Mr Dacau said the Sigavou Government landing barge had returned after transporting the first shipment of water to Vatulele. “The first shipment went out last week to Vatulele with about 272,000 litres of water and this was delivered to the district school, health centre and the villages of Ekubu, Taunovo, Lomaniwaqa and Bouwaqa,” Mr Dacau said.
He said another shipment left on Monday morning to service the Mamanuca and Yasawa Group of islands.
“The barge has been sent to the Mamanuca Islands, mainly the areas of Malolo, Solevu, Yanuya islands Yaro and Solevu on Monday with about 455,000 litres of water. Because of requests coming in from the Yasawa Islands, we have also sent 490,000 litres of water to help the villages, health centres and especially schools in these areas before next week.
“We are pleading with members of the public to use water wisely so that it lasts and to cut down on drinking grog or watering gardens especially during this time when water is scarce,” he said.
Tairun Nisha, a family member of Nazmin Nisha, opens their family tap outside their home in Buabua Settlement, Lautoka.
Nazmin Nisha’s family house in Buabua Settlement, Lautoka.