Water PNG

K20m Water Project For Kundiawa

Minister for State Owned Enterprises, William Duma, commissioned the K20 million water project in Kundiawa recently. This moment was witnessed by the people from all six districts of the province.

Minister Duma was accompanied by Chimbu Governor, Michael Dua, Member for Kundiawa Gembogl, Willie Onglo, Acting Managing Director for Water PNG, Parko Karua and Water PNG board Chairman, Ambassador Aiwa Olmi.

Water PNG To Create Subsidiary

Water PNG Board Director, Ambassador Aiwa Omli revealed this recently when officiating at the launch of Koiari Nagava new sporting uniforms.

He briefly announced that according to the new government policy the subsidiary would provide 20 percent ownership to Koiari landowners, 10 percent ownership to Central and 10 percent to NCD.

Water PNG Joint Signing

Member for Kundiawa-Gembogl William Onglo, Governor for Simbu Michael Bogai Dua, Minister for State Enterprises William Duma, Kumul Consolidated Holdings Managing Director Isikeli Taureka, stakeholder representatives and Water PNG officials, witnessed these milestone achievements.

Acting Managing Director for Water PNG Ltd Parkop Kurua said that the Bulolo project had two parts and the days signing event was to witness PART A of the water supply project.

Water Supply Projects Underway For Districts

Member for Kundiawa-Gembogl William Onglo, Governor for Chimbu Michael Bogai Dua, Minister for State Enterprises William Duma, Kumul Consolidated Holdings managing director, Isikeli Taureka stakeholder representatives and Water PNG officials, witnessed these milestone achievements.

Acting Managing Director for Water PNG Ltd, Parkop Kurua said the Bulolo project had two parts and the days signing event was to witness Part A of the water supply project.

Samuel Prioritises Water Supply

Mr Samuel was accompanied by Water PNG Managing Director, Parkop Kurua and his executives.

This visit comes after Water PNG presented the technical report with design plans, scope of works and project cost to the Member's Office for the Water Supply Project for Ward 1 Areas of the electorate.  

The people of Moresby Northwest will provide the funds and Water PNG will roll out this vital water project for the Motu Koita villages in Moresby Northwest.

Residents owe supplier K28m

Apart from households, senior manager, Martin Bigiglen, outlined that the University of Technology owes them K5 million and the Royal PNG Constabulary has an outstanding of around K4 million.

“The Government departments owe a lot of money,” he stated.

“They’re paying but slowly.”

He said though it is frustrating, they have taken residents’ needs into consideration.

Bigiglen said in Unitech’s case, they are considering the students’ welfare, while for members of the public, some have lost their jobs or have retired, hence have no way of settling their bills.

Power outage affects equipment

Water PNG’s senior manager said this was the main reason behind the Unitech bore malfunction.

The Water PNG pumps rely on electricity.

“When you have a reliable supply, your equipment is healthy so you can continue producing water and things like that but when you have continuous blackouts, it burns equipment,” stated Water PNG senior manager, Martin Bigiglen.

For water supply, Bigiglen explained that they pressurise the system to ensure a constant flow of water.

Lae faces water issues

Of the seven bores located along the Unitech road, only four were working to supply the city until the issue yesterday evening, leaving only three functioning bores.

Water PNG senior manager, Martin Bigiglen, highlighted that production is very low and cannot meet the city’s demand. Though 1,300 kilolitres of water an hour is the required output, Water PNG is currently producing 630 kilolitres an hour.

“That’s half of the demand,” he stated.

“With that sort of load, you cannot meet city demand.

Hand over management to Water PNG: Maru

Planning Minister Richard Maru gave the task to Peter Numu after responding to his questions in Parliament yesterday.

Maru pointed out that the current concern of the government in regards to the issue with the Goroka water system is in light of APEC meets earmarked for the Eastern Highlands provincial town.

He said Goroka is the only town in the country that has its water supply controlled by the town council.

“I have written to the Governor to convince the town council and hand over the management of the water supply to Water PNG,” stated Maru.

Push for Eda Ranu and Water PNG merger

He made the announcement in a media conference in Port Moresby today.

The Minister for Planning and Implementation said the merger of the two institutions will save about K10 million which the Government can use to fund other projects in the rural districts.

Minister Maru said he is taking an NEC Submission to establish the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Authority to drive the implementation of the policy forward, provide leadership and coordination within the sector and for the NEC to look into the merger of Water PNG and Eda Ranu.