22 February, 2019
MAINTAIN CLEAN DRAINS AND USE RIGHT SIZED CULVERTS TO AVOID FLOODING
Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is concerned with the dumping of rubbish in drains on road reserves as they contribute to the flooding after heavy downpour says Fiji Roads Authority Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Moore.
He is advising the public not to dump refuse and domestic wastes, use of undersized culverts or bury drains as these also contribute to the flooding.
Floods caused by private drains are the responsibility of the property owner and when drains are not kept clean, the storm water overflows onto the roads which not only damages the road infrastructure but also exposes the public to water borne diseases.
Mr. Moore says that the communities can support by not dumping rubbish on the roads and the drains and to ensure that all rubbish are disposed properly at the designated rubbish dumpsites.
In addition, they must ensure that construction of culverts meets the required standards. Members of the public are informed they can always contact the Fiji Roads Authority to find out about the requirements for constructing driveways or accesses into their properties.