ONE of the biggest challenges facing the Water Authority of Fiji is the timely completion of 50 rural water supply projects before Christmas.
It has completed the rural water supply project at Nalidi in Rakiraki but some are yet to be completed with about one and a half weeks before the Christmas deadline.
The Nalidi project, which was commissioned on December 6, has brought relief to several people in the area.
While commissioning it WAF CEO Opetaia Ravai said the challenge was completing all the 50 rural water supply projects by the end of December.
These projects are in Vanua Levu, the Lau Group, Yasawas and the Western Division.
"Our challenge is to complete all these projects before Christmas and I would like to thank the staff for completing most of them," said Mr Ravai.
He said since Christmas was approaching, everyone in Nalidi would have access to clean drinking water in their homes.
"I commend the current government for increasing the 2014 WAF budget which will enable us to complete most of the rural water supply projects," he said.
Mr Ravai said government was committed to improve the condition of roads, and the supply of electricity and water in the country.
He said government had also prioritised its development to benefit the rural people and WAF was working hard to ensure this development succeeded.
Meli Dau of Nalidi Village thanked the government and WAF for the great effort in commissioning the project in their village.
"We are so happy that this project is completed and we are now receiving water right in our homes," he said.
Another villager Vaciseta Bale shared similar sentiments, saying government and WAF had done a remarkable job.
"During droughts we experienced water disruptions and we used to go to the river to fetch water in order to complete our household chores," she said.
However, everything changed after the commissioning and now villagers were receiving water.
"Even we have sufficient water in school now so there will not be any distraction to children's studies," said Ms Bale.
It took WAF nine weeks to construct one ferro-cement 10,000-gallon water tank, five stand pipes in the village and one new dam with a total cost of $36,000.