ABOUT 300 families in Drasa and Lololo in Lautoka will find relief in a new water source after their last reservoir was destroyed in the flood early last year.
Living without proper water supply for about 11 months, the families have welcomed the new initiative funded by Habitat for Humanity.
Called the Drasa, Lololo Rural Water Project, construction of the dam began last month on a piece of land given by Fiji Pine Limited.
Project manager, Mahend Prasad said after the community's first water catchment was destroyed they used water from boreholes, creeks and even drains.
"Five houses were left empty because the families living there moved away to an area where they can get water," he said.
"This is a sugar cane farming community and water is something that we are dependent on for our farms."
Mr Prasad said Habitat for Humanity stepped in to help the community after government alerted the group of the residents' needs.
He said the project cost $60,000 and would be completed in two weeks.