27 Feb 2004

Fiji capital hit by burst water valve

9:40 pm on 27 February 2004

Public Works department officials in Fiji say they trucked water around Suva after a burst valve cut water supplies to tens of thousands of residents in the eastern side of capital.

A senior engineer with the department, Steve Blake, says a valve broke on a major pipeline at the Wainibuku Water Treatment Plant near Nausori last night, Thursday.

He says that while many schools and some businesses were forced to close in the heavily populated Suva-Nausori corridor, others received emergency water supplies.

"We actually commenced water carting to some of the larger schools and to the main health centre in Nasinu which was effected, that's on the eastern side of Suva. I'm not too sure about some of the smaller schools, I know some were closed."

Mr Blake says that investigations are still continuing into the exact cause of the breakage but it is probably due to wear and tear.

He says water supplies are expected to be fully restored by tonight.