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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 20, 2000 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---A 10-million liter (2.6 million gallon) water tank – one of the biggest in the world – will be built in Lae to boost the city’s water supply system.

The construction of the tank will boost the volume of the water supplied in the nation's second biggest city.

The K 30 million (US$ 10,020,000) project is part of a major program in the Mamose region to provide clean and safe water to residents.

One of the components of the project is being managed by the Waterboard and funded by Australian aid agency AusAID.

The Japanese aid agency, Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), is undertaking work on two other projects in Morobe.

Lae, which is the Waterboard's biggest operation, and Muzing in Morobe will benefit under the program.

The border township of Vanimo - the provincial capital of West Sepik - has been identified as the other Mamose town to benefit from the program to be managed by the Waterboard.

The Lae component of the program includes the construction of the giant tank, the rebuilding of a two existing tanks, laying of pipes to replace the smaller ones, and the commissioning of a standby generator at Taraka.

"The improvement to Lae water supply, when completed, will assure Lae city dwellers and business community minimum interruption to the supply," Deputy Waterboard chairman Dr. Graham Atkins said.

The project will go to the drawing board next year and will take about seven months to complete.

The Waterboard has already constructed reservoir tanks at Mt. Lunaman, but construction of the Bumayong project was delayed due to landowner issues.

"Lae Waterboard services 7,000 customers. However, there are many potential customers around town who are not utilizing Water Board services," said Lae MP and Minister for Civil Aviation, Bart Philemon.

An international donor, most likely the Asian Development Bank, will fund the Vanimo project.

"Satisfying the needs of our customers is our primary focus and therefore we must resource ourselves to the level at which we can meet their needs," said Managing Director Patrick Amini.

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