Agency to administer water-related matters soon

Abdul Rahman (third left) during the visit to the Sadong Jaya Elevated Water Tank project site.

SADONG JAYA: An agency responsible for administering matters related to water supply in the state may be established in the near future.

Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, in revealing this, said the matter had been discussed for the past two years and that it had also been submitted to the state government.

“Now there are four agencies that take care of water throughout Sarawak,” he said after a working visit to the Asajaya Booster Pump Station and the Sadong Jaya Elevated Water Tank project sites on Monday (Apr 12).

Dr Abdul Rahman explained that the setting up of the proposed agency was to ensure more systematic water supply management in Sarawak in the future.

He added that the Sarawak Water Grid System was an initiative by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to ensure that every household in the state received clean water supply by 2025.

“It is an effort by the Sarawak government to ensure that the water supply systems are connected to each other, just like in developed countries,” he said.

Dr Abdul Rahman added he supported the proposal to create small dams as alternatives to existing water sources.

“If there is an issue with the main water source, we still have alternatives to supply clean water to the community,” he explained.