The ATS settlement in Port Moresby has organized to collect water rentals for the service provider, Eda Ranu.
This is the first settlement to pay twenty thousand kina as its water bill.
The payment was made yesterday to Eda Ranu by the ATS Water committee.
ATS community in Port Moresby is made up of a mixture of ethnic groups from Oro, Eastern Highlands and Milne Bay.
After almost 15 years of living without running water connected to the community, in May this year, through the initiative of Moresby North East, MP Labi Amaiu, at a cost of three million kina , the ATS community finally have access to clean drinking water.
This community has realised the importance of sustainability, therefore, has formed a working group tasked to collect water bills from each household at a rate of twenty kina per fortnight.
After two months since the commissioning of the water project into ATS, yesterday, the committee paid twenty thousand kina as its first water bill.
The community has 12 zone coordinators working voluntarily to collect bills under the 12 different zones in ATS.
ATS has 152 communal taps covering the entire community.
Eda Ranu is pleased with the community for taking this step in realising the cost involved in providing this service.
The service provider says if this concept is proving to be successful, other settleMen’s in NCD will be encouraged to embrace this concept as well.
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