THE Pacific Water for Life Foundation has helped 58,000 people in Fiji over the past five years to ensure they have safe and clean drinking water.
This was revealed by foundation chairman Aslam Khan at the opening of the Urata rural water project in Labasa this week.
He said with assistance from organisations such as New Zealand Aid (NZAID), the foundation was able to implement water projects since its inception in 2007.
"The foundation operates on a widescale when it comes to water and sanitation for people in rural areas," Mr Khan said. "With the help of NZAID, we will be assisting 20 rural communities with their water projects.
"We have already completed 10, seven are in progress and three will soon be approved before work starts. For the residents the project will mean a flow of water to their households and it's now their responsibility to ensure the sustainability of the project."
New Zealand trade commissioner Peter Lund said more than $NZ715,000 ($F1.04m) was allocated for the 20 projects. He said the funding assistance would directly improve the productivity of health, agriculture and aqua culture for rural communities.