Access to affordable utilities like clean water –- which this government has fought tooth and nail to expand to every Fijian possible –– isn’t a privilege.

Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said as enshrined by our Constitution, this is a fundamental right.

As announced in the COVID-19 Response Budget, those who can pay their water bills must pay them.

“However, those who genuinely cannot afford to do so would have payments deferred rather than be disconnected. That policy will be extended to 31 March 2021,” said Sayed-Khaiyum.

“To incentivise investments in water infrastructure, investors and developers will no longer be required to cover investments fully upfront. Payments can be scheduled within three months of a projects’ construction, including the requirement to safeguard government expenditure through bank guarantees.”

For subsidised customers of Energy Fiji Limited, the first 100 units of power will continue to be discounted through 31 March of next year, with government and EFL each covering 50 per cent of this subsidy to ensure these customers pay only VAT on their first 100 units of power every month.

For grid extension projects, EFL will consider –– on a case-by-case basis –– payment schedules up to six months or more for large capital investments.

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