Clean water supply for schools

Utilities (Water Supply) Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi (seated centre) chairs a meeting with the ministry's agencies.

KUCHING: Eight more schools are set to get clean water supply this year.

The schools are the last batch of 34 schools for the RM9mil water supply project for 2019-2020.

The other 26 schools had been supplied with clean, continuous water at the end of last year, said the Utilities Ministry.

“The Sarawak government is committed to reaching the target of 100 percent water supply coverage throughout the state by 2025.

“This includes supplying clean water to public institutions, including schools in the state,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday. 

It added that out of a total of 1,459 schools in Sarawak, 370 were located in the interior and still depended on well tube, rain water reservoir, water gravity feed and local water treatment plant for water.

“To ensure the students and teachers can access continuous and reliable water supply, the 370 schools have been proposed to be connected with the public water supply,” it said.

The Utilities Ministry along with the Education, Science and Technological Research Ministry and the Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) will work with the federal government to ensure that clean water could be channeled statewide.

“This is to ensure that 100 percent water supply coverage by 2025 can be materialised,” it added.