ABOUT 200 residents living on Viwa Island in the Yasawa group finally have access to clean water for the first time following the commissioning of the sea water desalination process on Friday.
The project was funded by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and Japanese Embassy.
"The project commissioning will benefit approximately 240 residents living on the island by increasing access to a safe and more sustained supply of water," said Forum deputy secretary general Feleti Teo.
"No doubt the outcome of the project will complement other efforts by the Government of Fiji to increase access to a sustainable and safe supply of water for all."
The residents of Viwa Island used to rely on rainwater as their main source of water supply.
"We hope all the residents will take full advantage of the benefits that the desalination systems will provide and more importantly that there is a safe and sustainable supply of safe drinking water available all year around," Mr Teo said.
He commended the efforts of the Department of Water and Sewerage, Water Authority of Fiji and the islanders who helped in the project.
Viwa is one of four sites participating in the Fiji Water Desalination Project.
The others are the islands of Kia and Kavewa in Macuata Province and Vanuavatu in the Lau group.