RM43 mln to resolve Lundu’s water woes

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Minister and Santubong parliament member Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar speaking to the press at a press conference at Santubong Pariament service centre, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Residents Pekan Lundu can heave a sigh of relief as the water supply woes affecting them will soon be over.

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said RM43 million would be spent on short-term measures, expected to be completed by this year.

“The first is to channel the water from Bau to Pekan Lundu using a 500mm pipe under the Batang Kayan bridge.

“This is after the completion of the proposed water main from Batu Kitang to Sebuku reservoir in Bau and improvement works to pumping facilities in Batu Kitang as an alternative water supply if the Lundu Water Treatment Plant is not operational.”

The Santubong MP said other short-term measures included building a strainer using reinforced concrete at the pipe’s intake to prevent foreign objects from entering the pipe causing it to clog.

Furthermore, another raw water pipe would also be set up from the intake to the water treatment plant.

Meanwhile, on long-term measures, Wan Junaidi said a new Lundu/Sematan Regional Water Supply project was being proposed by the state government under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP)

“This includes a 40MLD plant near Selampit or Sebandi area to feed the existing water main. This will cost RM460mil to be implemented until 2025.

“Another is the Bau-Lundu-Sematan rural water supply project which is currently in the design stage.

“This involves a pipeline extension to Lundu-Sematan-Biawak areas costing RM129 million which was approved by the Rural Development Ministry under the 12MP.”