Puncak Borneo water woes to end soon

Transport Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil (left) checking the tap from the gravity feed water collection tank, while KK Daniel Jita (right) and Penghulu Richard Daho look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

PADAWAN: The problem of low water pressure in Puncak Borneo will end soon, probably by early April.

Assistant Transport Minister and Mambong assemblyman Datuk Dr Jerip Susil revealed Monday (Jan 25) the Rural Water Supply Department and the Kuching Water Board had proposed that the water from the water board’s Booster Pump Station No.2 at Mile 10 be channelled directly to the Puncak Borneo areas.

He explained that the booster pump station was currently also supplying water to Landeh using the same pipeline as Puncak Borneo.

“The pipeline for Landeh will be separated from Puncak Borneo and the implementation work is expected to be completed by early April. The move will provide a long-term solution to the problem of low water pressure in Puncak Borneo,” he said.

In the meantime, the assistant minister added that the Rural Water Supply Department would continue to deliver water by tankers to the affected villages.

Dr Jerip advised the villagers to store water in their water tanks, especially during non-peak hours between 9pm and 4am.

He also suggested that the villagers use the water from the gravity fed system as a short-term solution to their water problem.

He added that his office was ready to finance the cost of rebuilding the gravity feed system, which was previously built through “gotong-royong” (work party). 

“If faced with the problem of low water pressure, villagers who do not have a water tank will be able to use the water supply from this gravity system.

“At least, the water supply in each of the houses will not be affected,” he told reporters during a visit to Kampung Jambu here today.