RESIDENTS at the south end of Taveuni continue to voice their concerns about the lack of water supply in the area.
Ura resident Abhishek Sapra said it had been three months since they were supplied by the Water Authority of Fiji.
"Recently, water which was being carted to houses has been stopped by truck owners because of the fact that WAF owes $80,000 in outstanding payments to the men delivering water," he said.
"We have been given this information by the truck owners themselves."
Responding to the concerns of the residents, WAF communications officer Navin Kumar said they were aware of the islanders' concerns.
Mr Kumar said the WAF design team was moving around the area to investigate and design a suitable source for the long term.
"WAF is now seriously establishing a new source that can last, be it surface or underground, and all options are now being considered," he said.
"We are trying our best to resolve the issue before the end of this year so that work can start immediately.
"However, all will depend on how quick issues such as land acquisition are resolved."
Mr Kumar said they had spoken to their water-carting contractors.
"They were told payments would be deposited into their accounts on October 7.
"WAF contractual agreement is based on a 30-day account and the outstanding balance is between WAF and the contractors.
"Payments are made to them upon receipt of complete documents at WAF headquarters."
Mr Kumar said WAF had also mobilised its own vehicles to cart water to affected areas a month ago.