DECADES of yearning for proper water supply in communities of Seaqaqa have been met after good Samaritans stepped in to build a water catchments for the area.
New water catchments are being built at Korolevu and Navai to cater for about 400 residents.
Initiated by the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD) and USP, under the European Union-Global Climate Change Alliance (EU-GCCA) project, the residents are helping funders build the catchment.
Fiji country co-ordinator Naushad Yakub said the project would assist community members in building resilience to the impacts of climate change.
"In Korolevu, work has started and is intended to be completed in two weeks. The project will then start at the Navudi community," Mr Yakub said.
"The sites were identified by the district office in Seaqaqa during a scoping exercise to identify communities that were vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
"A total of seven communities were assessed in Seaqaqa that were vulnerable to water, health and sanitation sectors.
"The two communities were identified as most vulnerable by the National Project Advisory Community (NPAC) of the EU-GCCA Fiji project."
Mr Yakub said sites were selected using rapid assessment methods by ranking the sectors vulnerable to impacts of climate change.
"The vulnerability and adaptation assessment was used to identify the most vulnerable sectors in the communities"
He said USP gave about $100,000 towards the project, the Labasa Cane Producers Association gave $25,000 and the two communities contributed about $5000.
"The first survey was done in 1970 in the same community and then in 1980, and the third in the '90s but nothing happened. So we have come in to help the community with water catchments."