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Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 17:54 WIB

El Nino Reduces Water Debits by 20 Percent

Jayapura, Jubi – The El Nino weather phenomenon will not only affect the Southern part of Papua but also the northern part of Papua, though it will not be too significant, a meteorologist said.

“The impact of El Nino is now at moderate levels. We are in the north beginning to feel its effects. The first ten days in this August, rainfall ranges between 0-50 mm in Jayapura, while in other regency it is an average of 0-30 mm, “Sulaiman, a forecaster Center for Meteorology Geophysics Region V Jayapura said the Jubi on Wednesday afternoon (12/08/2015).

He also predicts the effects of drought due to the El Nino phenomenon in Papua, yet it won’t be significant.
” In Papua, there is still raining especially in the northern region of Papua,” he said.

Related to the impact of strategic areas, Solomon acknowledged the phenomenon of El Nino will affect agriculture and availability of water.
“For the field of Marine would create a lot of fish production and transportation will be smooth due to the absence of extreme weather disruption,” he said.

According to BMKG predictions, the impact of El Nino is expected to subside in the end of 2015 or no later than the second month in 2016.

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Meanwhile, director of the Regional Water Company Jayapura, Abdul Petonengan, acknowledged the decline in water flow by up to 20 percent in each intake (sources of water-Red) that belongs to the PDAM Jayapura.
“Currently, all water sources have decreased but not too severe, is still about 20 percent. Normal water discharges an average of 895 liters / second, “he said, through the short message received by Jubi, on Wednesday afternoon (12/08/2015).

Related to the above, it is now trying to make short-term solutions such as doing repair leaking pipes, water rotation, and appeal to the public for saving water. (Sindung Sukoco/ Tina)

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