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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, June 5) – The people of Papua New Guinea should not be denied the right to fresh and clean water, Port Moresby North West Member Sir Mekere Morauta said yesterday when he presented a cheque of PGK25,000 [US$8,600] to kick-start a water supply project for the Burns Peak community.

Sir Mekere said water was a basic need apart from food and shelter, and must be made available to all citizens.

Earlier this year, Sir Mekere made a commitment to assist the community with funding for their request for water supply.

He kept his commitment yesterday by presenting the cheque and thanked the community for their patience of waiting for the fund to be realised.

Sir Mekere further urged the Burns Peak community to work closely with Eda Ranu to ensure that they receive clean water.

From Burns Peak, Sir Mekere moved on to a ground breaking ceremony at Mautana settlement near the National Research Institute to kick-start the bore water drilling project.

He presented the community with one a 3,000-liter water tank and a new diesel water pump. The project will cost of PGK19,000 [US$6,550].

Sir Mekere thanked the people of Mautana, especially their water committee, for bringing the water request to him.

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