YADUA islanders are counting themselves lucky after they were promised free piped, clean and safe water supply costing $96,000.
This comes after Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama offered to pay for the one tenth of their contribution into the project as per government assistance program during his recent tour of the island.
Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu told villagers the total cost of the project was $96,000 and their contribution required them to pay $9000.
Earlier on, Yadua villager Pita Navara told the government entourage that water problem was an age-old problem on the island.
"We have a gravity source of water on the island but it is located in the mountains and we really need piped water," he said.
"We are currently using a borehole and during dry weather the borehole dries up and we rely mostly on rain water.
"Water is the main ingredient of life and we find it really hard out here in the islands when the borehole runs dry."