As of 3pm yesterday (April 13), water was restored to Madang residents, including the hospital.
The water supply was affected following the unrest over the death of a Ialibu teacher in Madang.
Acting Madang Provincial Administrator John Bivi told Loop PNG that opportunists vandalised the water supply station at Panin village during the unrest on Saturday (April 7).
“These people were not from the area where the water pump is, they are from the Gum area,” Bivi said.
“They cut down trees to disturb the power line then they started cutting the valves and other related equipment from the water station.
“About 6 valves have been damaged.”
Bivi further revealed that the opportunists unsuccessfully tried to burn down the equipment.
It was initially reported that due to the severe damage following Saturday’s shooting of three youth, it would take two months to repair the Madang PNG Water pump station.
However, the tireless efforts of the Madang Provincial Administration, the Member for Madang, Bryan Kramer, and Water PNG officers saw the restoration of the much-needed necessity.
Kramer said water was restored 8 hours ahead of the scheduled time.
“I would like to thank the staff of PNG Water Madang Branch, Niugini Electrical Madang, PNG Power, Fimali Ltd (pumps) as well as Madang PPC and Lae Police,” the Madang MP said.
(Picture: Bryan Kramer Facebook page)