Water Concerns in Port Moresby

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By Merilyn Diau-Katam – EM TV News, Port Moresby

While many parts of Port Moresby continue to undergo water rationing, other areas in the capital have no access to water at all.

Residents of Morata 1 in the nation’s capital have been using water from the sewage treatment plant for their daily needs.

While this poses a major health threat to residents, they say this is the only water source available in the area that they can use.

Since there is no clean water, residents say they have to buy clean water at Morata 2 and other areas close to them that receive clean water supply.

Morata 1 Ward Councilor, Jonathan Afuti, said the population of around 5,000 residents in the area all gathers at the sewage pond to use the water.

Eda Ranu responded saying that while it has plans to carry out a pilot project study, Morata has expanded uncontrollably over the years, and coupled with the increasing demand on illegal activities it is a struggle to supply clean drinking water.

Merilyn Diau-Katam

Commenced work at EMTV in October 2015, covering Health, Education and Environment stories under the News and Current Affairs Department, while also translating and presenting Tok Pisin Nius. She is now a Senior Online Officer for EMTV Online.

Merilyn Diau-Katam

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