January 25, 2018
Signing of the Minutes of Meeting at WAF HQ, 12 Dec. 2017.
From Left-Right: Mrs Susana Valemei – Director Water & Sewerage, Mr Opetaia Ravai – former WAF Chief Executive Officer and Mr Shinya Tamio – JICA Fiji Acting Resident Representative.
The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) hosted a delegation from the Fukuoka City Waterworks Bureau as part of JICA's partnership Project to Support Strengthening Water Supply Service on Nadi/Lautoka Regional Supply. The 12-member team were in the country from 10 to 24 January 2018.
This first Fukuoka City Mission follows the signing ceremony that took place at the Water Authority of Fiji Head Office on 12 December 2017.
The new project commenced from January 2018 and will conclude in January 2021, during which WAF staff will undergo training conducted in Japan and Fiji, over the course of the 3-year project period to achieve the Project goal of providing consistent safe drinking water supply 24/7 in Fiji.
During this project period, Fukuoka City Waterworks Bureau will also dispatch technical teams who will be focusing on assisting WAF develop capacities to improve water supply services in the Nadi-Lautoka region as well as train WAF staff to become trainers on methodologies of reducing Non-Revenue Water (NRW).
The Delegation were warmly welcomed by WAF Chief Operating Officer, Mr Samanmal Ekanayake and senior management team during a Courtesy visit, led by Mr Masayoshi Yamato, Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau.
During the meeting, Mr Ekanayake acknowledged JICA and Fukuoka City's support during the previous partnership project that was completed in 2017 and stated, "WAF greatly appreciates the technical assistance provided during the initial project by Fukuoka City and we look forward to working closely and learning more on how to improve our water supply services during this Project."
In acknowledging the Partnership, Mr Yamato said, "We are pleased to be partnering with WAF again, as apart from sharing our experience and technical expertise with our WAF counterparts, our engineers have also learnt a lot about the challenges faced and how we can maximize limited resources to address water supply issues and continually improve our services to the general public."
The Fukuoka City team and WAF Western Office engineers during a field work in Lautoka.
The Delegation has now returned to Japan. From 2014 to 2017, Fukuoka City and WAF had worked together to address the high Non-Revenue Water (NRW) in the Nadi/Lautoka Region and had successfully reduced NRW from 51.9% to 31.6%.
Through this cooperation, Fukuoka City Waterworks Bureau transferred technical know-how on controlling technology for effective water-saving measure and maintenance of water pipes to WAF. The resultant outcome demonstrated a considerable reduction in Non-Revenue Water.
JICA, as the implementing agency for technical cooperation of the Government of Japan, will implement the Project under the JICA Partnership Program in collaboration with Fukuoka City Waterworks Bureau and WAF.