Sigh of relief for Ba

WAF staff during a visit of the new plant in Ba. Picture: SUPPLIED

Ba residents will soon have a proper water supply with improvement works worth $8.15 million being carried out at the Waiwai water treatment plant.

Inspecting the ongoing works this week, Water Authority CEO Dr Amit Chanan said the current plant was a conventional system built more than 60 years ago.

“With a treatment capacity of 13 million litres per day, the plant is reaching the end of its design life,” he said.

“Especially during extensive rainy seasons, when the raw water has high turbidity, the plant struggles to effectively treat water to meet customer demand.”

According to the authority, Ba town has a large number of manufacturing and industrial customers, including food manufacturers, and providing a consistent water quality and quantity was important for these customers.

Dr Chanan said the new plant would provide a treatment capacity of 20 million litres per day, and was designed to treat raw water with high turbidity levels.

“WAF teams are working closely with the contractor, Suez, and are well on track to commission the plant by June 2022.

“Despite some slight delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is good to see both teams carrying out the final touches. We hope to get the new water plant online next month.

“This will ensure supply security of clean drinking water for Fijians in the Ba area.”

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