Sydney Water has entered into a twinning relationship with Eda Ranu, the water supply authority of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Coinciding with the launch of World Water Monitoring Challenge, the relationship was formalised by the Chair and CEO of EDA Ranu signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sydney Water Managing Director, Kevin Young.
“Sydney Water will be assisting Eda Ranu by providing technical assistance in two initial areas; accreditation and registration of our laboratory methods for drinking water analysis, and the development of and implementation of a Trade Waste Policy to manage industrial discharges to our sewerage system.”
The Sydney Water and Eda Ranu twinning arrangement is supported by the Asian Development bank as a prerequisite to funding works in developing economies.
“Port Moresby has a population of nearly 600,000, but with the very high levels of growth associated with our manufacturing boom, the population will exceed 1,000,000 by the end of the decade,” said Eda Ranu CEO, Henry Mokono.
“The water and sewerage infrastructure requires significant upgrade to cope with the level of growth”
The first part of the twinning arrangement will see Eda Ranu staff observing operations at Sydney Water’s laboratories at West Ryde and Business Customer Services teams. The staff can then take their learnings back to assist with implementation in Port Moresby.
“We have chosen Sydney Water as a partner as we believe that you are best practice in these areas,” said Eda Ranu Chairperson, Mary Karo.
“We want to learn from your experience so we can provide excellent service to our customers and shareholders.”
The World Water Monitoring Challenge is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.