CONCERN has been raised on the safety of 17 families at Koronubu in Ba who are drinking water from a nearby river.
Sanmogan Pillay, 51, told this newspaper that water supply was one of the major drawbacks in the area.
He said the residents did not have proper drinking water supply for the past four years.
"We are concerned with the safety of our children who are also using the river to drink and bath," he said.
"The river is also used for washing of clothes and cooking utensils.
"Apart from the river we also store rain water during the rainy season for our drinking needs, otherwise all residents resort to the river."
Mr Pillay said settlers found it very difficult to cope during dry weather because the river was normally polluted by animals.
Ba advisory councillor Salochna Sharma said the water issue could spread water-borne disease among residents.
She said discussions had been held with the district officer in Ba on ways to assist the settlers.
DO Ba Alifereti Yabenisiga said he was aware of the issue and confirmed that water carting would be made until a permanent solution was determined.