by Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Yangoru-Saussia of East Sepik province is the first district in Papua New Guinea where Water PNG has installed a Package Water Treatment Plant.
This announcement was made known by the Project Engineer, Rachael Ivai.
Ivai told EMTV News the system was tested last year and is operating well.
“The project consists of two sub-measureable parts, row water tanks of 45,000 kilometres and package water treatment and one mega liter reservoir. And I would proudly say that Yangoru-Saussia is the first to install this,” she said.
Ivai said that after positive outcomes from the awareness testing that has been conducted, Water PNG’s focus now is connecting water to houses.
“This project is expected to be completed by April this year,” she said.
Local MP, Richard Maru, said the national government and Water PNG jointly funded the project at a cost of K6 million.
Maru said that water and sanitation is an important component of health and Yangoru-Saussia’s plan is to promote hygiene and good health practice within the community.
“This is a very important project that will provide and attract more [people] to come work in Yangoru-Saussia,” he said
96 wards in the electorate will benefit, after 40 years of struggle.
District Development Authority Chief Executive Officer, Fantson Yaninen, thanked the national government for investing in a healthy concept that promotes clean safe water.
“This project ensures all homes receive water, for a clean safe water,” he said.