Yesterday was a historic moment forthe Gulf province when witnessingthe ground breaking ceremony of stage 1 of a new water supply project to Kerema town.
The small township has been relying on rain and water-wells forthe past 15 years.
Overthe years goverrnments services such as health and education have been affected due to poor supply of clean fresh water.
Acting Managing Director of Water PNG, Raka Taviri, says despitethe province being surrounded by large rivers, proper sourcing and piping have hinderedthe access of clean water supply tothe township.
Ms Moale Ata-Daure spoke on behalf ofthe National Planning Department.
She stressed saying access to clean water supply makes a healthy community.
Without wasting time, Gulf Goverrnor Havila Kavo ledthe delegates to join hands symbolizingthe partnership betweenthe Gulf Provincial Administration, Water PNG and a Chinese Company, JiangsuInternational, in carrying outthe project.
The Gulf Goverrnor said this water supply will now easethe burden of people who have suffered for years.
Stages 2 and 3 will follow soon, beforethe commissioning ofthe project.