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By Kirti Sharma

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, August 10) - The Fiji Public Works Department is progressing on a $11.5 million (US$6.5 million) project to improve the country’s water system.

Senior water engineer western Saman Ekanayake yesterday said that the Vaturu-Nagado Project was a joint project by the Fiji Electricity Authority and PWD.

Ekanayake said the project was intended to increase the water capacity in the Nadi and Lautoka areas for the present and the future.

The project started in October 2003 and the targeted finishing date is the end of March next year and so far the works are on schedule.

Ekanayake said the PWD has been laying cross connection pipes, which were 900 mm in diameter and intended to improve water capacity in Lautoka.

"Before the cross-connection, the capacity into Lautoka had been 65 mega liters but after the works are finished we will be looking at a capacity of 72 mega liters," Ekanayake said. "These pipes will have high pressure and will also contribute towards power generation and the power will feed to the natural wiring system; this part of the project will be undertaken in conjunction with the FEA."

In the meantime, he said that there would be some more water disruptions in the west before the work is completed.

August 11, 2004


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