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Eda Ranu Prepared for Approaching Dry Spell

As the authority responsible for water in the Nation’s Capital, Eda Ranu, is concerned about the predicted approaching dry spell.

Managing Director, Henry Mokono, said the utility company has already allocated some funding for addressing dire situation if it arises.

The current level at the Sirinumu Dam is 68 per cent to full capacity and Mr Mokono is confident that Eda Ranu will manage a drought situation.

Mokono said during the 2015 El Niño period, the dam levels up at Sirinumu were at a critical level, but Eda Ranu still managed to see the city through that time with water rationing and public awareness.

“We believe that with the current capacity at Sirinumu, we can manage it over a period of more than 24 months. We believe that we will not have any major problems in terms of managing water into the city.”

Eda Ranu General Manager-Technical, Lot Zauya, reiterated that the public has a responsibility during the dry season.

In the meantime, Mr Mokono said a drought period of six months can be managed comfortably.

On average, Port Moresby uses 170 million litters of water a day.

He said when the dry season becomes extreme, Eda Ranu will engage water rationing to control water usage in the city.

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