The Water Authority of Fiji states that all it’s systems across the country treat water to the highest level and all drinking water quality is maintained to meet the requirements of the World Health Organisation guidelines as well as the Fiji National Drinking Water Quality Standards.
The Authority says it’s National Water Quality Laboratory regularly collects and analyses water samples and operational staff ensure compliance to relevant standards.
This follows messages being circulated by people that the Authority has stopped using chlorine and everyone has to boil water to avoid getting sick.
However the Water Authority says they operate fully conventional, semi-conventional, and plain chlorinated water supply systems around the country.
It says all it’s treatment plant facilities are operating well and the water quality produced is safe.
WAF says there are many parameters they need to conform to and take into consideration in its production of water, one of which is color.
The Authority says sometimes because of heavy rain in the catchment, customers can experience slight discoloration, however the water, having been through one of their treatment facilities is safe to drink.
They say that only when test results confirm that discolored water is not safe to drink, then they advise to boil drinking water.
WAF also says that they are looking into claims that some of their own workers are spreading the misinformation. The Authority says their internal audit team is verifying the claims.
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