14 Sep 2010

Fiji droughts prompts conservation calls

1:26 pm on 14 September 2010

Fiji's Commissioner Western has called for water conservation, as the cost of carting water around the division mounts.

The Western and Northern divisions have not yet been declared as drought restricted areas, however the authorities continue to supply carted water.

Commander Joeli Cawaki says the cost of carting water to the region including the islands of Vatulele and the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups was estimated at around 400-thousand US dollars.

The Fiji Times reports the emergency carting campaign has already chalked up a debt of more than 50-thousand US dollars.

And Commander Cawaki said the drought-like conditions in the Western Division would worsen over the coming weeks.

He says the water situation is at a critical level and urges all residents in the Western Division to use water wisely.