Fiji: Suva Nausori Water Supply and Sewerage Project

Sovereign Project | 32200-013 Status: Closed

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Project Name Suva Nausori Water Supply and Sewerage Project
Project Number 32200-013
Country Fiji
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2055-FIJ: Suva Nausori Water Supply and Sewerage Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 47.00 million
TA 4270-FIJ: Capacity Building in Water and Sewerage Services
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 783,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban sewerage - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements

The objective of the project is to assist human and economic development in Fiji through the development of water supply and sewerage services in the Suva and Nausori urban areas.

A new water source will be developed, water treatment plants will be extended and rehabilitated, and pipelines and distribution systems will be developed; sewerage pumping stations and trunk services will be rehabilitated, and sewerage networks will be extended. The project will provide water and sewerage services of a standard that is suitable for commercialized operations, and will complement institutional developments that are being assisted by the Bank.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Increased economic activity and population growth in Fiji's urban centers have made current water supply and sewerage services inadequate. Extension and rehabilitation of water supply systems are required in order to provide reliable services, improve the urban environment, and assist the development of commercial enterprises including tourism.
Impact Improved living standards in the Suva Nausori area, particularly for the urban poor
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Increased coverage and improved delivery of water supply and sewerage services to the residents of

the Suva Nausori area.

Progress Toward Outcome All physical works to be funded by ADB under the original loan have concluded as of 30 September 2012. 16 Project contracts including both water and sewerage components have been completed. Some related project activities including provision for adequate Alum Solids treatment at Waila and Tamavua Water Plants are still continuing under the supplementary loan. It is evident that more people are accessing both water and sewerage services as delivery networks have been enhanced and extended. Decrease in unplanned water service interruption and sewer spills have also been noted. Work has started on rectifying water leaks/loss areas and identifying and reducing unaccounted water outflows. A good measure of the impacts and outcomes achievement of the project will be possible after the activities under the Supplementary loan are completed and the EA collates all the relevant data against the baseline figures.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Corporatized urban water and sewerage services

2. Community education and awareness program implemented and community liaison officer recruited

3. Waila and Tamavua water treatment plants upgraded

4. Kinoya sewage treatment plant upgraded

5. Water supply network rehabilitated and augmented, water supply loss programs implemented, and capacity for leak detection and repair improved

6. Sewerage system expanded to new and "backlog" areas, and existing network rehabilitated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. WAF officially commenced operations on 1 January 2010 and its staff plan is now completed. This task is complete.

2. Community education and awareness program is an ongoing task.

3. The Government has reviewed the Alum Solids treatment requirements of this component and civil works has commenced from March 2013 to be financed under the supplementary loan.

4. Rehabilitation and Refurbishing of Kinoya Sewage Treatment Plant has been completed with the new sludge digestor and flares working well.

5. Recruitment of individual consultants (Senior Water Engineer, Senior Wastewater Engineer, Senior Environmental Engineer and/or Scientist and Water Loss Engineer) is completed and all four engineers are onboard.

6. i) For the Smabula and Suva Point backlog sewere component, the contracts were awarded in 2012 and work is nearing completion with commissioning now expected in October 2013.

Geographical Location Suva and Nausori areas.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

An initial environmental examination for the Project has confirmed the classification as category B. The Projects overall environmental effects are positive. It will benefit the environment through (i) a substantial reduction of sewage entering the groundwater, streams, and the sea because of inadequate treatment in septic tanks; (ii) a substantial reduction of sewage pump station failures and consequent overflows, which often seriously affect low-lying communities near coastal waters; (iii) the provision of sludge treatment facilities at the two project water treatment plants; and (iv) better performance and effluent quality from the Kinoya sewage treatment plant. The rehabilitation and augmentation of that plant will enable access to carbon credits through the Clean Development Mechanism. These improvements will help to

reduce the pollution of streams, drains, and coastal waters in the project area. Environmental monitoring and management plans, incorporated into civil works contracts, are being implemented effectively and are monitored by the WSD's environment officer.

Involuntary Resettlement

Very Limited impact - Short land acquisition and resettlement plans were prepared and updated during the detailed design

phase. The resettlement plans were disclosed to affected people and posted on the ADB website.

Indigenous Peoples No Impact
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Community leaders were consulted, consumer surveys were carried out, and beneficiary participation developed for project implementation. Public consultations during the feasibility study focused on the issues of land availability and social impact assessment of the various project components. In particular, the feasibility study team met with village leaders and a group of women fisherfolk in the Rewa River area.

Such consultation with the affected communities will be an ongoing process during project implementation.

During Project Implementation Consultations with relevant stakeholders maintained.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

International consultants are required as follows:

(i) Project management unit reforms (institutional development, financial management, management information system, operations management and training.

(ii) Water loss reduction

(iii) Inflow/infiltration study of wastewater collection system

(iv) Environmental monitoring

(v) Mapping and geographical information systems.

Also, subproject design and construction supervision services will be procured and funded by the Government.

Procurement International procurement of civil works and supply of equipment will be required; contract packages are to be determined.
Responsible ADB Officer Vijay Narayan
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Works and Energy
Mr Sereicokocoko yanuyanurua
nasilivata House, Ratu Mara Rd. Samabula, Suva Fiji
Concept Clearance 08 Mar 1999
Fact Finding 26 Mar 2000 to 16 Apr 2000
MRM 16 Nov 2001
Approval 18 Dec 2003
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 26 Nov 2006
Last PDS Update 25 Sep 2013

Loan 2055-FIJ

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Dec 2003 05 Aug 2004 08 Dec 2004 30 Jun 2009 30 Sep 2012 03 Sep 2013
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 72.40 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 47.00 18 Dec 2003 42.32 0.00 91%
Counterpart 25.40 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Dec 2003 46.43 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

TA 4270-FIJ

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Dec 2003 23 Jan 2004 23 Jan 2004 31 Jul 2005 15 Dec 2007 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
783,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 783,000.00 18 Dec 2003 647,426.68
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Capacity Building in Water and Sewerage Services: Volume 1 - Main Report Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Oct 2007
Capacity Building in Water and Sewerage Services: Volume 7 - Tariff Review Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Oct 2007
Suva-Nausori Water Supply and Sewerage Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2003

Safeguard Documents

See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Evaluation Documents

See also: Independent Evaluation

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