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More funding needed for Kerema Water Project

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby


Chief Executive of Water PNG, Raka Taviri Junior says, more funding is needed for the completion of the last two phases of the Kerema Water project. 

He made this statement at the commissioning of the first phase of the Kerema Water Project yesterday in Kerema Town.

This service comes as the Gulf provincial Government and Water PNG open-up dialogue to build a new water system.

But funding is now a struggle for the government entity (Water PNG), since receiving a directive from IPBC through the Public Enterprise and State Investment Minister to forge partnership and drive projects forward.

“We either swim or sink”, said Mr Taviri.

The second phase of the Kerema Water Project includes placing additional bores to increase water supply, while the third phase is supplying water from a river. 

A treatment plant and a reserve tank have been established in the centre of the town to supply water at a minimal rate, however the completion of the next 2 stages important to cater for future developments. 

Earlier this year, the Gulf Provincial Government allocated K500, 000 for the Kerema Water Project.

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