Consistent Rains Slightly Improve Water Situation In Palau

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Water availability increases from 2 hours per day to 8

By L. N. Reklai

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, April 28, 2016) – National Emergency Committee and Palau Public Utilities Corporation announce that water hours will be increased from 2 hours a day to 8 hours a day effective April 28 at 5pm. Water hours will be from 5am to 9am and 5pm to 9pm daily.

Due to consistent rains this last week until today, water levels at the Ngerikiil Water Intake and Ngerimel Dam has increased substantially, compared to previous week.

According to the press release, PPUC has been able to maintain the water tank levels and therefore has been able to bring water to areas that had no water before.

It further informs the public that until Ngerimel Dam is connected to the system again, going into a 24 hour water distribution is still not possible. Ngerimel is still being flushed of contaminants and will be reconnected to the system after EQPB have tested and cleared it for public consumption.

PPUC is alternating the three water pumps at Ngerikiil and cannot put all three into operation at once. One is the limitations of Koror-Airai pipe system, two is to prevent overheating and third is to maintain balance between pumping water into the main tanks and conserving water levels at Ngerikiil source.

Also due to rains, Babeldaob States that were under water hours will also have increased water hours. Mongami, Aimeliik will increase to 6 hours, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Ngaraard will have 12 hours and Ngarchelong, will also have 6 hours, also3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon.

According to PPUC, on May10th, its representatives will be in Japan for the bid tender opening and signing of the contract for Koror-Airai water improvement project. The project will be to improve the Koror-Airai water distribution system by replacing water pipes and valves. The contract is $13 million and is expected to begin toward the end of June or July.

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