The water level at Sirinumu Dam outside Port Moresby has dropped by almost fifty percent, in just over two months.
This is the second time for the dam to experience such a big decrease in its water level in eighteen years. The decrease is caused by the lack of rain in the areas surrounding the Dam.
The dam at full capacity holds a volume of three hundred and twenty million cubic litres of water. But currently, it is holding one hundred and eighty million cubic meters of water.
This is likely to affect the electricity supply and water consummation in the Nation’s Capital. The water level here is not sufficient for the ten thousand plus residents of NCD. This also means, the more electricity we use, the more water is needed to turn the turbines.
Currently, PNG Power is using three turbines out of the five it normally use to generate electricity. The other two have been shut down because of the decrease in the water level.
According to whether reports from the National Weather Services, the drought reason will last for an ideal four months.
If worst comes to worst, PNG Power will be forced to install gas turbines to supply electricity into Port Moresby and Eda Ranu will be supplying water for drinking and cooking only.
Residences and business houses are encouraged to use water wisely. More load sheddings and water rationing are expected in the weeks to come
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