MEMORIES of a half-hour trek balancing jugs of water for washing and farming are fading for residents of Tung Lung Island in Sai Kung. An $870,000 water supply project opened yesterday, solving water-shortage problems for the 150 inhabitants of the island. The water is collected upstream in a dam and a 6,000-litre holding tank and supplied to the small village via a 570-metre pipe running down the hillside. Resident Chiu Wong Leung-moi, 74, said about 20 families would benefit from the system which brings water taps into homes for the first time. 'I have been here 29 years and I am very happy the days of water worries are over,' said the farmer. When water supplies dried up in the past, 25-year Tung Lung resident Lee Lau-shue and her husband would travel by boat with jugs stored in a rucksack, to refill at Shau Kei Wan. 'When it was really bad we would have to use sea water for daily household chores,' she said. 'During the dry season we used to have to go without water for as long as two weeks when the streams completely dried up.' Villagers yesterday used colourful flags to decorate railings on several sections along a 500-metre trail leading to the tank and dam. They hope the water supply will boost tourism. The island's population swells by 10-fold each weekend due to walkers, bikers and rock climbers. Sai Kung District Officer Parrish Ng Ching-man said tourism would be a 'side effect' of the project which took eight months to complete, with the main benefit being the boost to the villagers' lifestyle.