ABOUT 350 people of Bavu Village in Nadi can now put an end to their water woes after a filtration project by the Health Ministry ensured they receive clean drinking water.
Divisional health inspector western Rakesh Kumar said the project was initiated because villagers did not have proper supply of clean drinking water.
"These villagers resorted to using springs and nearby rivers for their daily needs," he said.
"There was no treatment done to the water when they were drinking it and during our inspection, we found traces of e-coli bacteria. This made the villagers prone to getting diseases such as typhoid and diarrhoea.
"Then, the Ministry of Health with the public partnership gave clean water filters to the village which was used in the main tanks supplying water to all homes.
"Thus, instead of placing a filter in each home, we placed it in the tank which will now allow clean water to be distributed to each home.
"The whole purpose of this project was to upgrade the living standards of the people and this is the first village to have this filter system.
"It is cost-efficient and we are hoping to help similar villages in the same way."