GOVERNMENT has set aside $1.5million for water projects in the Western Division in 2014, says Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki.
He said about 15 water projects were planned for the year under the government's self-help program.
Cdr Cawaki said delivering water to rural communities was an integral part of the government's commitment to assisting all Fijians have access to basic services.
"This is to ensure every Fijian has access to fresh water, we will be targeting to complete 60 per cent of the projects by the end of June," he said.
"The scope of work has been prepared and will involve an upgrade of the water supply system, laying of pipes, construction of reservoir and connections."
He said the projects would greatly benefit the people in Yasawa, who, over the years, had been affected by water shortages.
Cdr Cawaki said the projects would bring relief to those living in the districts of Waya and Nacula as well as some villages and communities in Ra.
He said the projects were identified by the relevant communities in consultation with the government.
"The government is committed to addressing water problems in rural communities and would try its very best to improve the situation faced by these communities."