RM127mln to improve Kabong water supply

Dr Abdul Rahman (second right) with Mohd Chee (right) in Kabong on Tuesday.

KUCHING: A total of RM127mil has been set aside by the state government for 14 water supply projects in Kabong, says Assistant Utilities (Water Supply) Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

“When the projects are completed and start operating, it will improve the existing water supply system and channel clean water supply to be enjoyed by the residents of Roban and Kabong.

“In fact, it will also supply water to areas that have not received clean water supply such as Kampung Lubok Nibong, Kampung Kaba, Kampung Paloh, Kampung Perpat, Kampung Batang Maro and the surrounding areas.”

He said this during a working visit to the Kabong District Water Supply Project and a dialogue session with community leaders on Tuesday (Oct 27).

Dr Abdul Rahman also visited three high-level water tanks with a capacity of five million litres per day (MLD) in Bukit Lebur, Nyabut and Kabong. The three tanks will supply fully treated water to Kabong District by June 2021.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU), said the projects were part of the Sarawak Water Supply Grid System.

“This will be able to meet the demand for clean water supply, especially from the residents in the Betong division in the long run.”

Meanwhile, he added that 40 water supply projects worth RM529mil were planned in the Betong Division.

“So far, 27 water supply projects have been completed and the rest are still in the process of implementation.

“This involves the construction of new water tanks, the construction of new pipelines, the upgrading of water treatment plants, the construction of booster pump stations and the construction of new inlets.”

Also present were Kabong assemblyman Mohd Chee Kadir and Rural Water Supply Department director Chang Kuet Shian.