Water crisis keeps children from schools

Wednesday September 02, 2020 Written by RNZ Published in Small World
A water treatment plant in Fiji. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji A water treatment plant in Fiji. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

Tens of thousands of students in Fiji have been kept at home this week due to the escalating water crisis in the country.

The Water Authority said an automatic transfer switch that ran raw water pumps to the Waila Water Treatment Plant malfunctioned

The authority’s Chief Eexecutive, Barry Omundson, said the raw pumps were expected to return online by tomorrow morning but it would take up to five days to fill up the reservoir.

“It’s very hard to fill those reservoirs up when people are using the water all the time.

“I’m urging all Fijians to do what they can to conserve water. Don’t use as much as you can over the next several days. It might ease the burden on people living in the Suva-Nausori areas.”

Omundson said the populated Suva-Nausori corridor was affected and water cartage trucks had been deployed to these areas.

Education Minister Rosy Akbar has urged parents to keep their children at home after schools from Nadera to Nausori town were closed. Akbar said she expected the students to start returning to school later in the week.

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