GOING to the river daily to fetch water for their families needs is a thing of the past for villagers of Biausevu in Nadroga.
Last week, there were smiles all around when the water supply project in the village was commissioned by the Water Authority of Fiji.
The project involved the construction of a new dam, a 10,000-gallon ferro-cement water tank and 15 standpipes in the village.
While commissioning the project, WAF CEO Opetaia Ravai requested the village water committee to maintain the system so it could benefit future generations.
Biausevu villager Sereana Serea said in a WAF statement they were blessed with the commissioning of the water supply project.
"We have been waiting for a long time for this initiative and we would like to thank the government for helping us," she said in the statement.
Ms Serea said they were now receiving water in their homes instead of fetching it from the river for drinking and other household chores.
Another villager Amenisitai Duwailea also commended the government for upgrading their water system.
Mr Duwailea said in the statement they constantly faced intermittent supply over a long time as the village water system was old and broken.
"We would like to thank WAF for sending their project workers to carry out this task for us and we appreciate the presence of WAF's CEO in commissioning this project," he said.
It took WAF 10 weeks to complete the project at a cost of $41,632.