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MINISTER STRESSES THE NEED FOR WATER CONSERVATION

1/25/2017
Water conservation is a key factor in the overall endeavour of promoting sustainable development.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Hon. Parveen Kumar Bala as he opened the first-ever National Water Forum in Lami today.

Minister Bala said in an effort to conserve water, the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) was able to address water leakage problems as reflected by the reduction in the non-revenue water level over the years.

“This reduction has been made possible by programmes carried out by WAF such as meter replacement programme, pipe replacement programme and leak identification programme using sounding and step test that uses panametric and data loggers,” Minister Bala said.

“As a result, non-revenue water level has been reduced from 51.7 per cent in 2013 to 39.6 per cent in 2015. This has resulted in a cost saving of $13.8 million.”

Government also provided assistance for communities in rural areas and low income earners to provide better access to clean and safe water supply.

“Government has offered support in Rainwater Harvesting Assistance programme and the communities need to capitalise on this. In 2015, Government introduced a Free Water Allowance of 250 litres per household per day to assist the poor and low income earners,” Minister Bala said.

The day-long National Water Forum promoted knowledge sharing on national and global water challenges and solutions, as well as to enhance sector coordination and governance.
 
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