WATER supply in Lae is expected to return to normal by the end of this week.
PNG Waterboard workers were seen yesterday afternoon fitting a new cable to the third bore at Taraka.
A new cable was flown in from New Zealand last week after the original was burnt out the previous week.
In the meantime, water problems though much less severe than last week, were faced by the entire city.
On Monday and yesterday, most primary and secondary schools had to dismiss classes by recess at 10am leaving only Grade Eights to sit their national examinations and the Grade 12s to prepare for their graduations.
Most businesses struggled to get by.
At its worst last week, when both power and water were not generating normally, schools, health centres and banks were forced to shut while Angau Memorial Hospital was supplied by loads from
A long-time Lae resident, businesswoman and civic leader Sherron Lewis became angry when her employees at Hornibrook NGI Steel and Construction could not access their salaries last Friday.
“Whose fault is it that the banks had to close because there was no water?” she said in a letter to The National.
The PNG Waterboard announced on the local radio station that water was being rationed and supplied every two hours.