THE new desalination plant on Kavewa Island is part of government's work in improving the quality of drinking water in rural areas.
Permanent secretary for Foreign Affairs Amena Yauvoli made the comment at the commissioning of the island's desalination plant on Friday.
"One of the government's plan is to improve drinking water for rural dwellers and we are doing that with our development strategies," he said.
"It is also part of the MDG and the government has aligned itself to one of the MDG goals which is to have safe drinking water for people.
"This new desalination plant will mean safe water for the people of Kavewa and the future generation of this island."
Mr Yauvoli encouraged the people of Kavewa to take ownership of the Japanese Government-funded plant.
"We will always be grateful to the Japanese Government for their continuous assistance to the people of Fiji," he said.
"The Japanese Government has always helped local communities with projects and one of their help is the installation of the desalination plants around the country.
"It will be also good for the villagers of Kavewa to look after the plant well so it can be used on a long-term basis for their future generation."
Mr Yauvoli said the new plant would bring a big difference to peoples lives on the island.