ACCESS to clean water is one of the many challenges faced by people on the island of Motoriki in the Lomaiviti province.
And the only source of clean drinking water for the 10 villages on the island was from boreholes and pools.
During a media tour last week, the media team from Suva was shocked to see a borehole next to a women's sewing facility in Naicabecabe Village and also the use of rainwater for drinking.
Tirisa Vuki, a mother of two explained that it took her two years to adjust to the difficulty they had to endure doing their daily chore after marriage in 2007.
"E rawa ni 20 na vokete wai au dau takica mai ena borehole oqo ena kena qaravi na vuvale (I have to fill at least 20 buckets of water every day to cater for my family's need in a day)," Mrs Vuki said.
Naicabecabe Village turaga ni koro Tomasi Kulinitai thanked Think Pacific, a non-government organisation, and other NGOs for supplying water tanks to the village.
Motoriki district rep to the Lomaiviti Provincial Council, Josateki Saumadu explained that the government would assist in providing a water source from Bureta in Ovalau.
Mr Saumadu, speaking in the iTaukei language, said they were still awaiting funding from government so the water project would get through.