The National, Tuesday, May 24, 2011
By PISAI GUMAR
MOST Lae city settlement residents do not have access to clean water supply and Uka community at Busu compound is no exception.
Realising the burden, the Uka community learning centre board chairman Muta Foni thought about the health of more than 60 pupils attending the play school and bought a handy Sawyer water filter at the KK Kingston.
The handy filter that can purify up to 50,000-litre of water throughout its life span was purposely bought to help the pupils with drinking water during school hours.
The chemical manufacturers and distributors industrial sales representative Sylvester Kera then recognised the pupils’ dire need and complemented them with another Sawyer water filter accessories and bucket last weekend.
“Most of the settlers survive on rain and bore water hence majority along the Bumbu and Busu have to dig up the sand banks along the side of the main river to fetch drinking and cooking water,” Foni said.
However, it was still unsafe that the water needs to be filtered or purified before being used for drinking otherwise it causes dysentery, diarrhoea and cholera, he said.