RESIDENTS of Lagi Rd in Tabia who were drinking from three wells infested with bacteria can breathe a sigh of relief after government stepped in with a $60,000 borehole project.
Acting commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu yesterday confirmed government would build a borehole in the area.
"After consultation and survey, we have decided to put up a borehole in the area to help the residents with their drinking water," he said.
"This is part of government's efforts in trying to improve people's livelihoods in terms of water, sanitation, health and hygiene.
"The initiative is part of our rural development projects this year.
"Other related water assistance will follow suit to facilitate these residents."
Mr Bolalevu said they were doing everything they could to assist the villagers since they had been drinking from wells, rivers and creeks for a long time.
Tabia district councillor Prem Lal earlier said the farming community had been without proper piped water as far back as he could remember.
It was earlier reported that Ministry of Health tests confirmed the wells were plagued with bacteria.
Lagi Rd resident Suman Lata thanked government for the initiative.