Project starts after two-year delay

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The National, Monday February 24th, 2014

 A WATER supply project in Rabaul, East New Britain, which has been stalled for two years due to the unavailability of funds will now get off the ground.

The district administration said this was the result of last year’s discussions about taking legal action over the long delay in the extension of water supply from Nonga to Tavui in the Balanataman LLG. 

The project was funded under the Rabaul Volcanic Victims Trust Account (RVVTA) at a cost of over K300,000 in 2011 at Tavui Primary School.

District health coordinator Joshua Wowo said material for the first phase of the pipeline extension ordered from Tyco Water Ltd, Australia, arrived in Rabaul and was stored at the Blanche St Treatment Plant.

Wowo said material in the province was for the first 1.3km of the extension from Nonga to just before the Tavui 3 junction.

Work has started on the storage tank at Nonga while Water PNG was finalising tender documents for the new water bore.

There will be three additional booster pumps to supply Nonga, Tavui and Volavolo wards in the Balanataman LLG.

Water PNG officials were in the province last week to  extend supply from Kaivuna in Rabaul Town to Matupit Island in the Kombiu LLG.

Water PNG will extend both the Tavui/Nonga and  Kaivuna/Matupit Island supplies.