by Delly Waigeno – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Port Moresby will experience water rationing, beginning next week.
This is due to the prolonged dry weather caused by the El Niño weather pattern being felt across most of the country.
The hot, dry spell experienced in Port Moresby will now take a direct toll on city residents, as water levels continue to drop at the Sirinumu Dam.
Eda Ranu will now administer necessary water rationing, as the current water level at the dam stands at 120.61 million cubic meters, which is just 35 per cent of the dam capacity.
The rationing exercise will see certain parts of the city without water, for a certain amount of time each day.
Eda Ranu is again appealing to the public to follow water conservation advice.
City residents are urged to take shorter showers and stop the use of hoses to wash vehicles and water gardens. The public is advised against using running water for washing clothes and dishes.
Residents are also instructed to fix leakages in and around premises and to report any major leakages and bursts.
With 65 per cent of Sirinumu Dam already depleted, and with a faster reduction rate due to precipitation, the water rationing exercise will continue for an indefinite period.
The water rationing schedule will become effective as of December 7.