Water PNG promises uninterrupted supply

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PORT Moresby residents will expect uninterrupted water supply following the installation of an additional clarifier to act as a backup or redundancy.
Water PNG Ltd had signed a K58.7 million project contract for the construction of an additional clarifier at the Mt Eriama water treatment plant in Port Moresby.
Water PNG had adapted the FIDIC engineering, procurement and construction contract to enable the effective execution of the project by the contractor, XYZ Construction (PNG) Ltd.
The proposed clarifier would come online after 19 months.
The clarifier, also known as the mixing tank or the settling tank, would hold an estimated capacity of 100 million litres of water per day (mld), and would support the three existing clarifiers that currently hold 30mld, 60mld and 90mld. The new clarifier would be constructed south of the existing clarifiers at Mt Eriama and would serve as a redundant clarification tank.
This means when one of the three clarifiers went offline for maintenance work, the proposed clarification tank would carry on the normal process of mixing and cleaning raw water, to ensure there was no disruption to water production and the overall distribution of water to the city residents.
The project contract was signed between Water PNG Ltd and the contractor XYZ Construction last Tuesday.
Kumul Consolidated Holdings executive manager Jethro Wala said the State entity had faced challenges.
“This is a step forward. Something that has been lacking for a long time, but these are legacy issues that we have been dealing with,” Wala said.