WOMEN on the island of Kavewa were the happiest at the opening of the desalination plant because it has ended years of hardship finding proper drinking water.
The women, who prepared morning tea and lunch for the guests, didn't have to walk to the nearest water spring to collect water.
Kavewa Women's Club president Viniasi Silibaravi said the days of worrying about their water has ended.
The retired school teacher said the new plant would greatly help the women of the village.
"Everyday, it is the women who worry about their children and what water they will drink, whether it is safe or not," she said.
"So, having a desalination plant on the island is like manna from heaven because these women will no longer have to walk long distances to get water from the springs.
"All we have to do now is walk to the plant and fill buckets of drinking water for our families."
Mrs Silibaravi said in the past years, women had to hire boats to get water from surrounding villages.
"There are times when we have to hire the boats and pay a lot of money to travel to Druadrua Island to get water," she said.
"The island is about 15 minutes boat ride from our village but the cost of boat is quite expensive compared to the income we receive.
"Now that we have a water plant, we will be able to organise our village functions in a better way as we will have proper water to use for our guests."