DRINKING dirty water has become a daily ritual for villagers of Salevukoso on Druadrua Island in Macuata.
The elderly, sick, pregnant mothers and children have no option but to drink the water because the WAF-facilitated borehole there has been left idle without a pump.
Village chief Tevita Rokuta said their drinking water was normally brown and dirty.
"On a fine day, the water is usually brown but during bad weather, it is really dark brown in colour," he said.
"During bad weather, we depend on rain water because our water source is usually dirty.
"During dry days, we depend on the school tank or on villagers who have their own tanks."
He said frogs and algae had plagued the borehole.
Questions sent to WAF last week regarding the issue remained unanswered.