LABASA food vendors raised their concerns on the late action by the Labasa Town Council to mend a septic tank leak that kept regular customers away from their tables earlier this week.
Food vendor Diwaqa Lakolako said the stench was unbearable.
She said most of their customers left the food stands because of the stench.
"The excess water flowed right beside our stands and we only hope that this sort of incident does not happen again," she said.
"We raised our concerns to the Labasa Town Council but nothing was done to address the issue instantly.
"However, we are happy that the council attended to our pleas later on Wednesday. We cannot afford to have this incident happening, especially in an area where food is being sold."
When The Fiji Times approached the food vendors stall on Tuesday, the stench of the overflowing septic tank was unbearable and regular customers were already vacating the area.
Responding to the concerns of the vendors special administrator Labasa/Savusavu, Vijay Chand said the vendors should have approached his office first to lodge their complaints instead of running to the media.