Water PNG Unites with Eda Ranu to Sign MoU

Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 – Water PNG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Eda Ranu to work cooperatively to overcome jurisdictional boundaries to provide access to clean drinking water to parts of the Central Province.

The MOU was signed by Water PNG Board Chairman William N. Sweet and Eda Ranu Board Chairwoman Mary Karo at the signing ceremony held today at the IPBC Boardroom, Pacific Place, Port Moresby.

The purpose of the MoU is to overcome jurisdictional boundaries of statutory operation by Eda Ranu and Water PNG with a mutual understanding for the facilitation of a 12 km water pipeline by Eda Ranu into Central Province where Water PNG has the water supplying jurisdiction under the enabling legislation, the National Water Supply & Sewerage Act 1986 (NWSS Act).

Under the NWSS Act, Water PNG has the jurisdiction to supply water and sewerage services throughout the country with the exception of the water supply and sewerage services of and pertaining to the National Capital District which is serviced by Eda Ranu.

With this MoU, Eda Ranu will extend its jurisdictional boundaries to supply treated water from its Waigani Reservoir through the distribution main to the nearby villages of Roku, Kouderika, Porebada, Boera, Papa, Metago to the end of Lealea village in the Central Province”

Water PNG Board Chairman William N. Sweet said: “We are excited about this MoU and we invite Eda Ranu to look at our current project in the area so we can work together.”

Mr. Sweet said it was a great step forward in working together and that this arrangement would help both parties reach its corporate vision and goals more strategically in supporting major investment areas in the country.

In initiating this MoU, Eda Ranu Chairwoman Mary Karo said: “This is the beginning of a strategic partnership.” The signing of today’s memorandum of understanding with Water PNG is a demonstration of our commitment to put our people first and provide much needed water and sewerage services.”

Meanwhile, IPBC Managing Director, Mr. Wasantha Kumarasiri said in its effort to support State Owned Enterprises to provide effective service delivery, this arrangement to use existing organization to provide similar services by collaborating together is timely and a milestone achievement for both Water PNG and Eda Ranu.

“With understanding and flexibility, this MOU will take us in the same direction to achieve the Government’s overall goal in its Vision 2050,” Mr. Kumarasiri said.