by Colleen Barilae – EM TV, Lae
As Lae, Morobe Province, celebrated World Water Day, Lae’s Water PNG Senior Manager, Vincent Raka said the recent water supply outages faced in Lae, for the past few weeks, is due to various reasons.
Recent water shortages in the country’s industrial hub remains a problem; as a result of illegal water connections and the low pressure in Water PNG’s plant facilities.
Raka says, power outages have been a contributing factor to low water pressure. Most of their pumps operate via electricity and go off when there is a power outage in the city. He said the plant facilities currently in use are not sufficient to meet the increasing demand of water usage in Lae city.
The illegal water connections in the city is also another factor that slows down the normal speed of water.
There are seven bores that Water PNG operates, to supply water to Lae’s residents. Currently, Water PNG is working to establish an additional bore that will bring the number to eight.
There is an increasing demand for water consumption within the city and Water PNG’s capacity for water supply distribution is less than the demand.
As Papua New Guinea’s industrial hub grows, water will remain a priority for authorities.