FETCHING water daily 500 metres from a neighbouring village will soon be over for villagers of Nasau in Bua.
This as the Water Authority of Fiji's Rural Water Supply completes a piped water system in the area.
And the villagers are eagerly anticipating the completion of the project at the end of this year to enjoy piped water in their own homes.
Headman Samuela Lewavatani said they had been fetching water from Dama Village in past years.
"I can't really remember for how long we have been carting water from Dama but it has become normal for us to walk with buckets, bottles and kegs for water. Sometimes, we have to sacrifice our sleep at night to cart water," he said.
"The villagers sometimes are embarrassed to go and collect water from Dama but they just have to confront themselves for the welfare of their own families.
"The well in the village is used for drinking water, bathing and washing and even though the Ministry of Health has been coming to test water from the well and stating that it could pose health threats, we still use it."
Mr Lewavatani said villagers met and planned the water project a few years ago and decided to raise $10,000.
"The project costs $100,000 and we are very thankful to WAF for assisting us with our water project."
WAF CEO Opetaia Ravai said a team of seven project workers had already started work from the third week of September.
"85 per cent of the trenching work has been completed with the help of an excavator from China Railway Company," Mr Ravai said.