Project funders visit Viria treatment plant

Funding partners of the 40-megalitre water treatment plant under construction in Naitasiri recently toured the facility that the Fijian Government projects to meet the increasing demand for water in the greater Suva and Nausori areas.

Documents on the project available online state that it will increase water production by 20 percent in the greater Suva area.

The Viria-based water treatment plant which is part of the Rewa River Water Supply Scheme includes a treated water storage reservoir facility at Waitolu as well as the laying of 26km of pipes. The project is part of Fiji’s Urban Water Supply Project which is financed by ADB with co-financing from the EIB, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and counterpart funding from the Fijian Government.

ADB and EIB reps as well as senior Water Authority of Fiji staff took the tour to check on construction works as part of ADB’s biannual review.

The Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, Sujiro Seam, was also part of the touring team at the invitation of the EIB.

“Highlighting the importance of water and sanitation for the sustainable development of Fiji, he congratulated the project team on the significant progress the project has made on the ground, after the initial disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic, the WAF said.

The Viria plant is expected to be ready by mid-2023.

Photo: WAF

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