WaSH review launched

Now with the launch of a new Joint Sector Review in the WaSH sector on Wednesday, all WaSH interventions will be taken stock of and a report to policy makers and the government will be in progress through the implementation of the National WaSH policy 2015-2030.

This Joint Sector Review marks a significant milestone, being the first-ever in the WaSH sector. Orchestrating the collaborative effort is the Department of National Planning & Monitoring WaSH PMU.

Better WASH, better health

This work also included targeted training for members of the South Fly District WASH Committee. Through strengthening their site selection and procurement processes, as well as information and data collection skills, the District WASH Committee continues to enable the implementation of the five-year district WASH plan, alongside the delivery of WASH infrastructure. 

Water found for first time on potentially habitable planet

The finding makes the world - which is called K2-18b - a plausible candidate in the search for alien life.

Within 10 years, new space telescopes might be able to determine whether K2-18b's atmosphere contains gases that could be produced by living organisms.

Details were published in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy.

The lead scientist, Prof Giovanna Tinetti of University College London (UCL) described the discovery as "mind blowing".

Grants for B’ville communities

The grants will fund water and sanitation, road, child counselling and farming projects based in Central and South Bougainville.

Grants up to K100,000 each were signed on Friday in Arawa and given to nine communities based in Central and South Bougainville, including Bana, Buin, Kieta, Siwai, Panguna and Torokina.

The projects are supported through Bougainville Community Grants scheme, a partnership between the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and Australia.  

Yangoru launches WaSH Project

The launching was held at Baimuru Village in East Yangoru.

Baimuru Village hosted a celebratory welcome for the delegation led by local MP and Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, and High Commissioner Davies.

Baimuru is one of the sites in the District which has implemented the WaSH Program under funding from Oxfam and the DFAT Australia and the District Development Authority. The village also put in 10 percent of the cost of the project.

The Project has been hailed a success and will benefit mostly the womenfolk.

Struggling for water in a city

For more than twenty years, residents have had to wake up at odd hours in the morning just to fetch water.

However, this was made even worse when water supply has been limited for about five months now.

Frustrated wives of the police officers told this newsroom that most of them have been facing this issue since moving to the barracks after the South Pacific Games in 1991.

The group of women told this newsroom that concerned authorities are aware of this issue.

Saraga-Bautama water pipeline to be commissioned

Eda Ranu managing director, Henry Mokono, says he has informed his team to ensure the pipeline is operating as of this month.

The commissioning of the pipeline will ensure homes and businesses along the Sir Reuben Taureka Highway are able to access water.

The Saraga to Bautama pipeline was planned to be commissioned during the official opening of the Highway last year however, it was delayed.

Mokono said he has given instructions for the commissioning to be made this month.

Eda Ranu’s notice to Pom residents

Eda Ranu has advised that all of Town area, Paga Hill, Ela Beach Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Ela Makana, Grand Papua and Touaguba area will be affected from Saturday (Jan 20), 12pm – Sunday (Jan 21), 6am.

“This is necessary for Eda Ranu to carry out new water supply connection line, 450mm and 250mm, onto the reticulation system to APEC Haus and other associated works in preparation for APEC 2018,” says the firm.

“Eda Ranu apologises for any inconveniences caused and requests your cooperation and support.”

POM water supply to be disrupted today

Eda Ranu is conducting emergency repairs on a break on supply mains at Six-Mile and Ela Beach.

All of Seven-Mile, domestic and international terminals, Six-Mile, Gordon’s, all Government offices at Waigani, Parliament house, MVIL, all of Town area and Touaguba will be affected.

“We had a break on supply mains this morning hence our team is currently working at the respective locations to restore supply,” says Eda Ranu.

“It will take some time to work on the breaks.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused,” says the organisation.

How much should you drink to stay hydrated during exercise?

You may need less water than you think but more water than other hydrating beverages

It's that time of year when we encounter lots of advice about the importance of staying hydrated. Among other things, we're told to down at least eight glasses of water a day and to "stay ahead of your thirst" before, during and after exercise to avoid dehydration, which impairs performance and causes harm.