Our work supports proper drainage services to ensure marginal lands are suitable for agricultural purposes. The maintenance and construction of drainage systems serves to remove the excess water in the soil, providing favorable conditions for crop development. We aim to support the farming communities facing drainage and waterlogging problems through the provision of adequate drainage.
Low lying areas in Fiji face extensive waterlogging problems during the wet season every year. Waterlogging in such areas occurs even after small amounts of rain due to the poor, inadequate and unplanned drainage networks and improper spatial planning. This situation leaves the rural residents and communities, as well as our economy and environment at risk. This program is aimed at supporting the communities facing waterlogging problems through a strategic long term program to minimize water logging and its potential impacts on livelihoods in Fiji through provision of adequate drainage and de-silting of existing drains in such areas.
How does the Ministry support?
Our programs improve drainage in waterlogged areas, reduce the vulnerability and risk of flooding by increasing drainage capacity and effective discharge of flood waters. We also promote equal opportunities, access to basic services and build resilient communities. Our work promotes socio-economic development by minimizing economic loss associated with drainage.
Our grant administration program allows rehabilitation, maintenance and construction of municipal drains to better manage the municipal drainage system, minimize flooding and safeguard to people, property, and infrastructure. Our work ensures drains in each municipality perform to its design capacity, ensuring the free flow of water during peak discharge period. The major activities include rehabilitation, maintenance and construction works on drains are;
These grants are administered in close collaboration with municipal councils and Local Government.
To apply for a grant, please contact:
Ministry of Waterways
Flooding is projected to become more frequent and more severe under current projected climatic scenarios. The massive developments in flood plains, increased rainfall variability, changes in the rainfall and catchment, unsustainable land tillage practices and the deteriorating drainage infrastructures contribute to flash flooding in Fiji.
Maintenance is important for effective discharge of water during peak events. Drainage schemes include: numerous outfall structures (floodgates, flap gates), seawall, crossings and main drains.
All maintenance in the former drainage schemes now is carried out by the Ministry. The major activities include rehabilitation, maintenance and construction works on drains includes the following:
Central Division – 40 drainage schemes, covering an area of 10,428 hectares are maintained and safeguarded against water-logging and salt water intrusion.
Western Division – 40 drainage schemes covering an area of 12,400 hectares.
Northern Division – 12 drainage schemes covering an area of 3,700 hectares.