VILLAGERS of Natawa Village in Waya, Yasawa, have the opportunity to enjoy clean drinking water after 45 families were each given a special water filter by Empower Pacific.
The 35-year-old pipes used to channel water from the river are rusty and are proving hazardous to the health of the people.
Village spokesman Vasu Cokanauto expressed relief, saying the assistance was timely.
"I just want to thank this NGO and also the government for allowing the NGOs to go out and lend a helping hand," he said.
According to the national manager of sustainable futures programs for Empower Pacific, Mohinesh Reddy, the assistance was made possible through funding received by the organisation from the Prem Rawat Foundation.
"After the devastating floods and cyclone last year, we were approached by the foundation who asked us specifically if we wanted funding for water projects," he said.
"Last year, there were a lot of families affected and were basically in need of filters to access clean drinking water because many people accessed water from wells or rivers.
"After we made assessments, we sent a proposal to the foundation and we got a funding of $50,000 with which we purchased two types of water filters, faucet filter for taps and bucket filters which are useful for disaster situations."
Mr Reddy said the project started late because they had to bring in the filters from China and the US.
"Currently, we are in the distribution phase and we are going to communities from Sigatoka to Rakiraki."
In total, 1000 filters are to be distributed to families in the Western Division.