After months of rough road conditions in Koror, particularly along the main road where the sewer improvement project is on-going, motorists and pedestrians can have something to look forward to, the resurfacing of the main highway from Meketii to Malakal, according to PPUC Water Project Manager Anthony Rudimch at the press conference this week.

Motorists can expect traffic to further slowdown in the next couple weeks as road paving starts in addition to the installation of last manholes along the main highway.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel as this work is expected to be completed by December.

Resurfacing began yesterday on the road section between Palau Visitors Authority and Happy Landing Gas Station. Due to the slope gradient of this section, it is scheduled to be resurfaced first according to

Due to various stages of completion of the 3 separate phases of the Koror-Airai Sanitation Project, the two construction phases of sewer network are expected to be completed by December.  ICB-1, the section from CIP to Malakal is 62% completed not including resurfacing.  ICB-2 from Meketii to PVA is 74% complete also not including resurfacing of the road.  Both ICB-1 and ICB-2 are expected to be completed by December.  ICB-3, the construction of the new Sewer treatment plant is expected to be completed by September 2019.

After the construction of the new treatment plant is completed, the company that won that project will continue working with PPUC to operate the plant for four years in order to transfer technical skills to PPUC operators/

The Koror-Airai Sanitation Improvement Project expected to serve 80% of Palau’s population that reside in Koror and Airai States.   The project is expected to ensure “sewage treatment meets Palau’s environmental and health standards and minimize frequency and severity of sewage outflows”.

The project costs $28.8 million and funded through Asian Development Bank loan. (L.N. Reklai)