By JAMES APA GUMUNO
BUSINESS, government and others in Kundiawa, Chimbu, have gone without water for six days, The National reports.
Their taps ran dry last Friday after vandals tampered with water pipes at three different locations between the water supply source at Hur and Yuwai market near Kundiawa town.
Provincial police commander Supt Joseph Tondop and Kundiawa-Gembogl MP Joe Mek Teine, in separate interviews, expressed grave concern yesterday.
Teine said if the problem continued, many operations in town were likely to be shut down.
More than 10,000 town residents walked almost a kilometre to Wara Simbu to fetch water for their use.
Teine said the town was expanding towards Murane and Wara Simbu and, as a result, more people came into town and settle.
He said that the town residents, business houses, government agencies and many other organistions in the town needed good constant water supply every day.
He said that the current water supply installed by PNG Waterboard from Hur to town was not enough to cater for the growing population.
Teine said that there was a need to provide alternative water supply for the town.
He said that he had already submitted a proposal with the support from the PNG Waterboard to the office of the National Planning early this year to seek funds to construct another water supply from Moguma water source into town.
He said that as soon as the funds were made available, the project would start immediately.
Tondop said that his policemen fetched water from Wara Simbu to cook food for the detainees in the cell and also to use it in their toilets.
He said that police personnel and their families depended on the water supply fetch water elsewhere for drinking, cooking and for other use as well.
Tondop said police provided security for the PNG Water board employees to fix the damaged pipes but did not know how soon they would complete the job and restore normal water supply.
He said that it posed a big health problem for the people using Wara Simbu because it was not known whether it was safe for drinking or not.
A public servant working in the office of the provincial administration said the officers working in the governor’s and provincial administrator’s office use their office vehicle to fetch water from Wara Simbu but did not know about other public servants working in other divisions.
She said this did not affect public servants turning up for work.