VILLAGERS in the Nausori Highlands, Navosa, have been living without piped water since damage was caused to their reservoir by Tropical Cyclone Evan last December.
Village headman Simeli Koli said pipes connected to the village reservoir were damaged by the cyclone and this affected water supply.
"We were really affected by the cyclone," he said.
"Many of us lost vegetable farms but our main loss was the piped water supply.
"There's only one dam that supplies water to the village which was also damaged, however, we were able to do our own repairs and provide minimal water supply to the village with makeshift piping.
"We have made pleas to the authorities to assist us in providing permanent repairs to the village dam but nothing has happened."
Mr Koli said the villagers had to live with daily supply only in the morning and evenings.
"The farms too were a big loss for us because many of us depend on vegetables we grow to sell at Nadi market.
"When we lost that, many of us could not earn anything but we are grateful for the fact that tourists are coming through eco-tours and that is one way we earn money.
"Now we have been able to replant vegetables and our women are going to the market each week to sell the produce."
He said the only problem was the dam "which we urgently need repaired with some assistance".