More than 5,000 people in the Baiyer District of Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands Province now have access to running water at their properties.
The PNG Post Courier reports the tap of the new water supply project was officially opened by the Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Bruce Davis last Friday in Tinsley.
The project will benefit staff, students and patients of the Tinsley District Hospital, the Tinsley Nursing School, Kumbareta High School, as well as several communities situated along the path of the water pipe.
The local MP, Koi Trappe, said his government is providing the basic services like roads, water supply, health and education infrastructure that will make the district a better place to live in.
The businessman turned politician allocated over US$66,000 for the local communities to tap into the water pipe.
More than half of the funding for the water supply project came from the Australian Government through AusAid.