8 May 2020

Residents of Fiji's capital told of water supply disruption

1:39 pm on 8 May 2020

Residents in parts of Fiji's capital of Suva have been advised that water supply to their homes this weekend will be disrupted due to a damaged valve.

The Fiji Water Authority said the interruption will allow its engineers to repair the 200mm valve at Tamavua Twomey Hospital along Princess Road.

The authority said it hopes to have the repair completed quickly amid public fears the lack of water could leave families vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The authority urged residents to store water to help them during the disruption.

A street in the government district of downtown Suva, Fiji.

A street in the government district of downtown Suva, Fiji. Photo: RNZ / Jamie Tahana

It said water-carting trucks would service affected areas this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross called on the public to boil all drinking water.

The Red Cross said following Cyclone Harold last month and the wet weather experienced in recent weeks, it found there was a need for clean drinking water.

The Red Cross is touring remote islands badly hit by the storm and Director General Ilisapeci Rokotunidau said they would ensure the villagers had access to clean drinking water.

"There's a lot of damage out there and from the initial assessment that we've gathered we'd like to focus on clean drinking water and water that will be available at the community level because it also addressed the Covid-19 requirements."

Ms Rokotunidau said the Red Cross had visited over 65 communities during its cyclone assessment and Covid-19 response efforts.