Drimdamasuk Village along the North Fly River, Western Province was the recipient of a water catchment project totalling more than K200,000 by Ok Tedi Mining Limited.
The project was completed within six weeks by local contractor Nanai Constructions and officially opened on Friday, 6 September 2019 by OTML Deputy CEO and General Manager
External Relations, Musje Werror.
“This is a milestone achievement for the Company as well as for the people of Drimdamasuk village as we would like to contribute to the sustainable well being of our local communities along the Fly River and the Western Province in general in whatever little way we can,” Mr Werror said.
He encouraged the villagers to utilise the small contribution from OTML to further enhance their livelihood in a sustainable way.
"This is the third water catchment project initiated by OTML’s Community Relations Department and there are several other locations planned for further water catchment projects in the near future."
The catchment project involved the erection of a building, fitted with gutters connected to four tanks to supply water for the village. The water catchment building has also been
earmarked by the village to be used as a general purpose hall for village gatherings.
This is the fourth project provided by OTML to Drimdamasuk. Previous projects included two water tanks for the local market building, a double classroom and a double storey classroom and teachers houses built under the Ok Tedi tax credit scheme.
The community through their councillor thanked OTML for the water catchment project and gave a commitment that the people will look after the facility.
The handover ceremony was attended by the Contractor, representatives of the OTML’s External Relations team and Ok Tedi Development Foundation and the local community.