The Water Authority of Fiji says they are aware of the water supply issues being experienced by certain customers in Nausori, Nakasi, Muanikoso and Waila.
WAF is working to address and identify the cause of the alleged kerosene-like odour that is being received in the taps of certain customers within the reticulated area.
The authority in a statement confirmed that a team of specialists from the authority’s National Water Quality Laboratory were immediately deployed yesterday to verify and conduct water quality checks within the area.
WAF says the team had collected water samples, which were tested on-site for chlorine residual and further tests were conducted at the laboratory. All water quality parameters tested on site and at the laboratory were well within the Fiji National Drinking Water Quality Standards.
WAF is reassuring customers that the water supply supplied from the Waila Water Treatment Plant is safe for human consumption, however, the Authority urges customers to boil all drinking water as a precautionary measure until the taste and odor issue has been normalized.
Separate teams were also deployed to conduct flushing operations to flush out the reticulation by opening wash-out valves and hydrants.
Meanwhile, the Authority also made follow-up checks with customers and majority have responded positively.
The Authority also feels that the change in taste and odor is a possible result of the recent heavy rain where most debris, minerals, slimy soil and dissolved metals were being received into the water treatment facility.
The Authority continues to monitor the situation, more updates will be made once the situation improves.