After close to 50 years, clean water has reached the villagers of Sawakasa in Tailevu and nearby areas.
Sawakasa villager, 73‑year‑old, Tirisa Drugunalevu grew up witnessing how people relied on untreated water from wells.
Drugunalevu says they can now easily get clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing in the comfort of their homes.
She says she had always hoped that clean and safe drinking water will reach her village.
Sawakasa Village Water Committee Chairman, Lepani Leka says this development was essential as the old water system could no longer cater for the growing population of the three villages and the school.
While commissioning the joint rural water scheme project at Sawakasa Village, in Tailevu, Minister for Infrastructure, Jone Usamate stressed the government will not rest until every single household has access to safe clean drinking water.
He says the government used $179,000 for the completion of the project and it is an investment they are proud to make.
The new water supply system is a joint scheme which benefits more than 800 Fijians in Sakawasa Village, Waivou Settlement, Lodoni Village and Lodoni Primary School.