Fiji: 24-hour repairs on $ 1m damages in north water & power on track

The Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) and the Works Ministry have been working around the clock to restore the Labasa Water Supply facility that was inoperable for the past couple of days due to lack of electricity.

Cabinet was today informed that water supply to the Labasa hospital has been restored.

However, the absence of electric power that pumps water from bore-holes sees about 75 per cent of the urban and peri urban population still without clean and safe drinking water.

Water meanwhile is being carted to such areas while repair works are being done to the facilities at the Labasa Water Supply.

Regional Development Minister, Ilaitia Tuisese meanwhile said that the FEA has confirmed the restoration of 80 per cent of power supply in Labasa town.

Power supply has also been returned to normal in Savusavu.

Cabinet was informed that an overall total of $950,000 is being estimated in damages done to water supply facilities in Vanua Levu as a result of Cyclone Ami.

While the Seaqaqa water system has been fully restored, it will cost $100,000 to reinstate most of the 14 sewer pumping stations in Labasa.

Some $55,000 is forecast for the reinstatement of the Savusavu Regional Water Supply.

In Taveuni, the Somosomo and Naselesele water supply systems were damaged costing $30,000 and $10,000 respectively with the former undergoing restoration work to its broken pipe lines.