20 Aug 2013

No rain threatens PNG capital's water supply

4:14 am on 20 August 2013

Residents in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, are being urged to conserve water as the city's main water source, Sirinumu Dam, is critically low with no sign of rain to refill it.

It is the middle of the dry season and there has been little rain in the past few months.

Our correspondent, Todagia Keloa, was part of a media contingent that visited the dam with executives of Eda Ranu, the city's water supply utility.

He says it is a concerning situation as the dam supplies 80 per cent of Port Moresby's water, and is also the site of a hydro electric power station that supports the city.

"The water company in Port Moresby has already started an awareness campaign by trying to inform the residents in Port Moresby to be water conscious. There will be some parts of the city without water for some time, and then other parts will have water - its like they are rationing it or load sharing it on areas in the city."

Todagia Kelola says Eda Ranu cannot say how long current supplies will last.

He says they do not have a back-up plan.