THE Rotary Pacific Water (RPW) for Life project is expected to benefit at least 13 per cent of the women population in four rural areas in the North.
It will also provide access to safe water for about 38.4 per cent of the population who are children.
With these objectives, 24 participants from the provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata were part of a water sanitation hygiene launch at Bulileka Village.
The two-day capacity-building workshop, which will be replicated in rural communities in Fiji, was officially opened by Macuata provincial administrator Josefa Rokonai.
Rotary Pacific Water manager Monifa Fiu said the training would feature sessions on hygiene, plumbing and soap-making.
"Representatives of water committees in rural areas around the North will be part of the training which is financially sponsored by AusAID Fiji Community Development Program and NZAid," she said.
"Rotary Pacific works closely with the Water Authority of Fiji, Ministry of Health, Environment Health Unit and commissioner's office through its provincial administrators to provide skills training in readiness for the Water Sanitation Hygiene legislation and to comply with Rural Water Supply guidelines.
"Fresh water is an essential yet threatened resource dependent on rainfall collection and extraction of limited groundwater lens reserves," Ms Fiu said.
She said the water projects ultimately addressed water security issues for communities to improve their quality of life and general wellbeing.
"In some cases, despite water availability, this does not usually guarantee access to safe water.
"FCDP supports four projects in Vanua Levu and two of the projects are bio-sand filtering water systems; two are designed to upgrade existing catchments and piping to households.
"This also includes the NZAid program which supports 24 sites on Vanua Levu with various water and sanitation solutions."