Low water pressure issues being resolved

Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi speaks to the media.

KUCHING: Work is being done to resolve the problem of low water pressure in Kampung Melayu, Samarahan, said Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

The Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) was commenting on complaints made by a local resident on social media over the matter.

He said three causes of low water pressure in the village had been identified over the past few days.

One was a broken water pipe. 

“This happens regularly when there is road maintenance work in the area.

“The second cause is the dilapidated water booster pump station.

“The third cause is the increased population in the area. For example, practically all residents were using water at the same time during the recent Hari Raya Aidiladha,” he said on Sunday during a visit to Kampung Bintawa Hilir.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Pantai Damai assemblyman, added that the issues would soon be solved by the Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB).

Repair work at the Kampung Melayu was still ongoing, he said.

He revealed that JBALB would replace the old pipe with a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, a form of flexible plastic pipe commonly used to replace ageing concrete or steel mains pipelines.

“JBALB will also replace the old water booster pump with a new one and expand the capacity of the water treatment plant in areas where the population is increasing,” added Dr Abdul Rahman.