Mining company Fiji has launched its first ever machine to produce the world’s most precious mineral water.
The company has created the Fiji Mineral Water Machine, which is designed to make water from the sea.
It will operate in a laboratory and will be made by hand, said the Fiji Mining and Energy Minister, Maimana Mwangi.
Fiji is one of a handful of countries that produce mineral water through hydraulic fracturing.
Mineral water, which has an average value of $US150,000 ($235,000) per gram, can be used in drinking water, toothpaste, and shampoo.
“It is very easy to produce it, and we have been working on it for three years,” said Fijian Mining and Petroleum Minister Rafi Kipa.
While the technology could be used for extracting gold and copper, it is also used in other industries including farming and construction.
Fiji has the world second-largest reserves of the mineral water (2.7 billion tonnes).
“If we had more of it, we would have more mineral wealth than we have now,” Mr Kipaa said.
According to the US Geological Survey, Fiji is home to a total of about 4.2 trillion cubic metres of mineral water at a depth of about 1,500 metres (2,000 feet).
This is enough to supply water to the United States for five years, according to the UN.
This makes it the world leader in the world in producing mineral water from ocean depths.