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Stagnant Water Levels at Sirinumu

By Meleasie Goviro – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Eda Ranu Managing Director, Henry Mokono, is concerned that Port Moresby residents have become reckless with their use of water, believing that recent rainfall has resulted in an improvement in Sirinumu Dam’s water levels.

He said people shouldn’t be misled by current weather patterns as there have not been any drastic changes to the reservoir’s volume as yet.

The public is strongly urged once again to remain vigilant about water usage in order to maintain a steady water reserve, at least until the El Nino season passes.

The dam’s water level has in fact remained unchanged and below the full spill level for up to a week.

Historical patterns observed by Eda Ranu suggest that the dam requires at least two months of rainfall for there to be any significant change in its volume.

According to statistics, as of this morning the dam level is at 102 million cubic metres. That is 29.4 per cent of the dam’s full capacity, 340 million cubic metres.

Mokono said this was both bad and good in a sense, as the water levels have not dropped either.

The water and sewerage authority however is being careful not to take the statistics for granted.

Taking into account factors such as the build-up of mud and dredge sediment over the years, evident by the appearance of islands in the dam, the water level may in fact be exaggerated to some extent.

Mokono said Eda Ranu would continue its water-rationing program as a precautionary measure.

The management has released this appeal in the hope that people adhere to it.

If worse comes to worst the management may be forced to take drastic legal action against residents who use water irresponsibly.

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