Kundiawa braces for water woes

Highlands, Normal

The National, Wednesday, May 11, 2011

KUNDIAWA town is braced for serious water supply problems, with landslides on the mains pathways and landowner problems being the main causes.
The Kundiawa General Hospital is resorting to using rain water stored in tanks and hopes to get the problem fixed this week.
Hospital acting chief executive officer Dr John Tonar said they hoped the problem would be resolved soon so normal supply could be restored to the hospital.
One businessman in Kundiawa, Peter Iggy, said landowners legal issues had been solved and he could not understand why the water problem continued.
He called on all parties concerned and authorities like the PNG Waterboard to move swiftly.
“Water is a necessity and residents are paying rentals for its usage and deserve an efficient supply of water,” he said.
The hardest hit in the anticipated water cut are the hospitality industry, schools, hospital, government offices and businesses in town.
The Kundiawa town water supply is managed by PNG Waterboard but is sourced from Urr village, with pipes running five kilometres into Kundiawa town.
The landslides have broken the mains carrying water to town.