February 27, 2023
On February 22, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Republic of Fiji for the Project for Capacity Development of Non-Revenue Water (※) Reduction in Nadi and Lautoka Area, a technical cooperation project.
The Nadi and Lautoka area is an important hub for the tourism, sugar, and manufacturing industries. With water demand in the area expected to grow as both the population and the number of tourists increase, there is a need for investment in the development of water sources and the maintenance of water facilities. However, a large-scale investment in such infrastructure is difficult for the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) to make due to the negative financial impact of COVID-19.
This project aims to reduce non-revenue water (NRW) in the Nadi and Lautoka area by improving WAF’s capacity for NRW reduction activities and raising awareness of water conservation among residents in the target area. By reducing NRW, the project is expected to improve water-supply efficiency and contribute to the achievement of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Goal 6 (Clean water and sanitation).
※NRW: Water that has not been billed due to leakage from water pipes, illegal connections (stolen water), and water meter errors, etc.
Details for the project are provided below.
|Country||The Republic of Fiji|
|Project title||Project for Capacity Development of Non-Revenue Water Reduction in Nadi and Lautoka Area|
|Planned implementation period||April 2023 ~ April 2026 (total of 36 months)|
|Executing agency||Water Authority of Fiji (WAF)|
|Target region||The Nadi and Lautoka area (Northern West part of Viti Levu Island)|
|Specific project details (provisional)||1)Development of an effective and feasible non-revenue water reduction plan in the Nadi and Lautoka area
2)Enhancement of WAF’s capacity for leak detection
3)Enhancement of WAF’s capacity for water-distribution pressure control, pipe installation, and leak repair
4)Enhancement of WAF’s capacity for meter reading, billing, and collection
5)Increasing the awareness of water conservation among residents