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By Robert Matau

SUVA, Fiji (April 28, 1998 - Fiji Post/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---The water supply of Fiji's capital Suva is less than a meter away from crisis point -- at which level the reservoir at Tamavua will have to be shut off to prevent untreatable water getting through, the Daily Post reports.

When that happens, the water level at the catchment lake at Savura Creek will have dropped too low for any good water to be used from it.

Savura is the main catchment lake for Suva. It supplies the main reservoir at Tamavua which supplies the greater Suva area. Yesterday, the water level there was dropping to a record low.

Yesterday, too, the water level at Tamavua reservoir was 2.3 metres. When it drops to 1.5 metres, the reservoir will be closed down because too much untreatable dirty water will be getting through from Savura.

Works Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday declared Suva a severe drought area.

"According to levels of water in our reservoir for the last six months this is the worst drought Suva has faced in the last 20 years," he said.

"Some areas in Sigatoka and Nadi have indicated that they have not been hit this bad in the last 50 years.

"The cloud situation and the climate patterns have been a major cause for this drought."

Title -- 1318 DEVELOPMENT: Fiji water crisis looms Date -- 28 April 1998 Byline -- Robert Matau

Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Daily Post (Fiji), 28/4/98 Copyright – PNS Status -- Abridged

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