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  • Billy Imar is the new Chief Operations Officer for Water PNG

    Billy Imar is the new Chief Operations Officer for Water PNG

    Water PNG Top Management Team from Right to Left: Chief Executive Managing Director Raka Taviri Jr., newly appointed COO Mr. Billy Imar, General Manager Customer Service Mr. Joseph Yore, General Manager Engineering and Major Projects Mr. Sibona Vavia and General Manager Operations Mr. Imbu Palya are all smiles following the announcement today during the management debriefing held at the Water PNG Head Office, Garden City, Level 1, Boroko, NCD.

    PORT MORESBY, 27th May, 2014:Water PNG yesterday announced that Billy Imar, former Eda Ranu CEO, is the new Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the organization.  

    During the Management briefing yesterday, Chief Executive – Managing Director Mr. Raka Taviri Jr. made the announcement following recent management changes and appointments.

    In his new role, Mr. Imar will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and ensuring nationwide alignment with competitive corporate strategies to enhance service delivery to Water PNG’s customers. Imar will manage three core divisions namely Engineering, Operations and Customer Service.

    “Billy will play a key role in positioning Water PNG for marketplace success. A 27-year water and sanitation veteran, Billy brings a diverse set of leadership skills, extensive operations expertise and a successful track record that we will leverage across the company,” said Chief Executive – Managing Director (CE-MD) Mr. Raka Taviri Jr.

    “Billy will help Water PNG to successfully navigate significant changes in Water PNG’s transition through the corporatization process and is well-experienced to provide senior leadership as Water PNG continually shifts operations to more effectively serve customers as directed by the PNG Government and its Vision 2050,” said Mr. Taviri.

    Mr. Imar has been recognized for his business leadership by Eda Ranu when he served as Chief Executive Officer.

    Mr. Imar replaces Mr. Raka Taviri Jr. who formerly served as COO and is now the Chief Executive – Managing Director.

    Water PNG also announced the appointment of the three new managers for its Engineering and Major Projects Division.

    Mr. Sebastian Tomausi as the new Manager for Capital Works Program, Ms. Roslynne Bouraga as the Manager for Major Projects and Kila Gare as the new Manager for Engineering Planning.

    Background Information about Water PNG:

    Water PNG is a State Owned Enterprise responsible for the provision of water and sanitation services throughout Papua New Guinea (PNG).

    As stipulated under the National Water Supply and Sewerage Act (NWSSA) 1986, the mandated role of Water PNG is to plan, develop and manage all water supply and sewerage systems in PNG except in Port Moresby.

    Water PNG currently operates and manages reticulated water supply and sewerage systems in 19 major provincial towns and districts except in Port Moresby. The nation’s capital water supply and sewerage services are managed by a separate National Capital District Water Supply and Sewerage Act 1996 under Eda Ranu.

  • Water PNG clamps down on water bandits after Amnesty Period

    Water PNG clamps down on water bandits after Amnesty Period

    PORT MORESBY, 7th May, 2014: Water PNG is leading efforts to clamp down on massive illegal use of water in its 19 provincial and district Business Centers throughout the country.

    Following a month-long amnesty period Water PNG recently deployed a task force to clamp down on water bandits who have increased massively and are drastically affecting its operations.

    Water PNG Manager Customer Services and Business Development Mr. Leo Kre said: “We have begun the crackdown on illegal water use starting in Kwikila, Central Province and this will be followed by Kokopo/Rabaul, Lae, Madang, Mt Hagen, Wewak, Kimbe, Alotau, Popondetta, Kundiawa, Wabag, Daru, Lorengau and Kavieng.

    Mr. Kre said from the recent Clean-Up Clamp – Down Exercise in Kwikila last week; it was discovered that from a 150 paying customers there was only 29 paying customers and this was due to illegal water connections.

    “Our current priority is to address 35% - 40% of possible unlawful use of water and reduce this Non-Revenue Water (NRW) rate by 2015,” Mr. Kre said.

    “Over the years Water PNG has been committed to provide quality water to Papua New Guineans. However illegal water use has drastically increased affecting our operations to continue effectively.

    This nationwide Clean-Up Clamp – Down Exercise will significantly decrease the water pilfering in our 19 Business Centers,” he said.

    Mr. Kre explained that Water PNG customers had the Amnesty Month until April 1 to unhook illegal connections and become registered legal customers. However, violators will be arrested or fined under existing laws of the Criminal Code Act and the Water and Sewerage Act.”

    He said the Task Force which comprised of in-house technical officers, Principal Legal Officer and a Police Team will identify and physically remove any illegal pipes.

    In addition, Water PNG Corporate Planner Mr. Roger Kara said over the years, issues of NRW have reached critical stages of being one of the major impediments to business and growth.

    Mr. Kara said without taking long term proactive measures, this would greatly affect WPNG’s bottom line and it is high time WPNG strategized to reduce its current NRW rating to  below 25% by 2015 and even to less than 15% by 2030.

    However, he said this would require the effort of WPNG, its business partners and clients throughout its business centers in the country.

    Meanwhile, General Manager Customer Service Mr. Joseph Yore said:  “Our primary interest is in collecting all the water revenue due to the country.”

    “We know, and suspect, that there are quite a number of potential water customers out there, throughout the country, who are receiving and/or taking water illegally. 

    “We would like this activity to stop; and for those persons engaged in this activity to become legal customers of Water PNG.

     “I hope many people took advantage of the amnesty period as we do not like the idea to settling illegal cases in municipal court for allegedly stealing water, Mr. Yore said.

    Water PNG’s Amnesty Month provided a grace period for the reporting of all undocumented active connections which include illegal and unbilled connections. It gave an opportunity for past and potential customers to become legitimate customers without penalty or prosecution.

    The Amnesty Month was from March to April 1st 2014.

       

    Water PNG Manager Customer Services and Business Development Mr. Leo Kre supervised the Task Force team in Kwikila during the first phase of the Clean-Up Clamp-Down Exercise last week. Over 10 residential areas, schools and businesses were identified as illegal users. Some included the Kwikila District Town Planner and the Kwikila Vocational School. 

  • Wabag Police faces water rationing due to unpaid water bills of over K150, 000

    Wabag Police face water rationing due to unpaid water bills of over K150, 000

    PORT MORESBY, 6th May, 2014: Water PNG has opted to ration water for the Wabag Police Barracks due to non-payment of water bills to the total of K153, 284. 14.

    A story published by the National newspaper on Friday May 2, 2014 page 7: Taps run dry at police barracks in Wabag claimed that there was no water supply to the Wabag Police Barracks for two months due to road construction near the barracks.

    However, Water PNG Wabag Business Center Manager Mr. Mote Golagela said this was untrue.“Water is not cut for two months as reported. We are rationing water to the police barracks due to non-payment of bills.”

    Mr. Golagela said the two months disconnection claims made byWabag Police Station Commander Insp. Epensa Nili is untrue and only give wrong impression to the public about Water PNG’s tireless effort to provide reliable water service to the people of the town.

    He said despite numerous attempts of follow ups by our Credit Office in Port Moresby, the Police Department to date has failed to make any payments.

    He said he will speak to the new Provincial Police Commander (PPC) and hopes these invoices will be settled soon.

    “We remain the country’s mandatory water and sanitation supplier as enacted by the National Water Supply and Sewerage Act 1986 and we need all Government Departments to settle outstanding water bills to enable us to operate effectively.” Mr. Golagela said.

    He also raised a concern about the numerous water leakages in the Police Barracks. While we make regular meter readings within the premises; it has also come to our attention that leakages within the Barracks are worsening. The former PPC has been advised to engage a private contractor to repair all leaks but nothing has been done.

    He said due to the rationing he was nearly assaulted by a police officer after a heated argument recently at the Wabag Treatment Plant.  The police officer was advised to see his PPC to sort out the arrears. With new PPC we hope all dues will be sorted out and continuous water can flow into the barracks.

    Meanwhile, Water PNG Customer Service General Managing Mr. Joseph Yore said: “Water PNG is committed to providing safe and sustainable water and sanitation services throughout out the 19 provinces and district towns in PNG. As a part of our debt collection exercise, we have opted for water rationing instead of water supply cuts.

    We follow the WHO water quality guidelines and constantly repair and maintain our machinery to ensure water supply is flowing regularly to all our operational towns and districts. However, unpaid bills only hinder and disrupt our reliable services to the people, Mr. Yore added.

  • Water PNG pledges K10, 000 towards the Cyclone Ita Appeal

    Water PNG pledges K10, 000 towards the Cyclone Ita Appeal

    PORT MORESBY, 28th April, 2014: Water PNG joins other humanitarian organizations and pledges K10, 000 to the Milne Bay Province Disaster Appeal Committee to aid the rebuilding of damaged properties and assist in mending people’s livelihood after the recent effect of Cyclone Ita passing through and destructing property in the southern Milne Bay Islands of the Lousiaides Archipelago and the Engineer Group of Milne Bay Province.

    Water PNG presented a cheque of K10, 000 to the Milne Bay Province Disaster Appeal Committee over the weekend in response to a Phone-A-Thon Appeal by NBC Radio Milne Bay during the week. 

    In presenting the cheque to the Chairman of the phone-a-thon and Radio Milne Bay Manager, Mr. Mr Philip Manoa, WPNG’s Alotau Business Centre Manager, Mr Vincent Raka acknowledged that this presentation was done at the request of the Board, Management and Managing Director of Water PNG, Mr Raka Taviri, Jnr.

    Mr. Raka said WPNG had been operating as a service provider in Alotau for the last sixteen years and felt that it is part of our community obligation toward the people of Milne Bay.

    “We also have some of our WPNG staff who are from these outer islands and we understand and feel the dilemma they are in with regard to their families back in those islands affected.” He said.

    In addition he said: “Major damage had been to Electricity supply to the town generally, affecting water supply in terms of Transfer Pump Operations at KB Bores, Garuboi WTP & Middle Town Pumping Station.”

    “Our flow intake from the surface (dam) had stopped during the cyclone hit but after monitoring the Goilawaligina Creek once it subsides our assessment showed that there was no damage at Surface Intake Dam or Pipe Crossings Wash Outs only sediments that will need clearly out.” Mr. Raka said.

    He commended the initiative taken by NBC Milne Bay – the Voice of Kula, in organizing the phone-a-thon appeal for the people affected by Cyclone Ita.

     “We hope this small, but timely donation goes a long way into restoring lives to normalcy for our affected people,” Mr Raka said.

    Meanwhile the Managing Director Mr. Raka Taviri Jnr. extended his gratitude through this media statement to the Committee and said this gesture is also in recognition of Water PNG Alotau Business Centre’s consistent performance over the years and its quick response to manage a crisis effectively during the cyclone disaster.

    WPNG Alotau Business Center Manager, Mr. Vincent Raka handing over the cheque to Radio Milne Bay Manager and Chairman of the Phone-A-Thon, Mr. Philip Manoa while staff of Water PNG Alotau Branch look on.