$17-M water supply system improvement project opened
Japanese guests and Palauan government officials gathered at the Malakal Hilltop yesterday, May 10, for the handover ceremony of the Project for Improvement of Water Supply System that cost $17 million that was funded by the Japan Grant Aid.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Palau Resident Representative Nobuaki Miyata said in his speech during the handover ceremony that the project included the construction of the 950-cubic-meter water tank at the Malakal Hilltop.
Miyata said that the first preparatory survey study for the project was conducted in June 2014. It was only in July 2016 when the construction of the project commenced with an aim of “upgrading the water supply capacity of the [Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC)].”
Vice President Raynold Oilouch also said in his speech during the handover ceremony that the project is coincidental to the lifting of the water rationing.
“This major project, which costed $17 million, [is] finally finished and [it helps] improve the water supply,” Oilouch said.
Part of the project was also to cover all the pipe leaks and replace the asbestos pipes. (Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter)