RM462.23 mln to improve water supply, infrastructure in Samarahan Division

Abdul Rahman (third left) during the visit to the Sadong Jaya Elevated Water Tank project site.

SADONG JAYA: The state government has allocated a total of RM462.23 million to improve the water supply system and infrastructure in Samarahan Division since 2018.

Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the allocation was to develop 23 impactful water supply projects from Kota Samarahan to Sebuyau, including the Sarawak Alternative Water Supply (Sawas) project.

He explained that the projects were carefully planned through the Rural Water Supply Department (Jbalb) to meet the growing demands for clean water supply in the area.

“Apart from improving the existing water supply system, the projects are also expected to boost the socio-economic status of the local community and catalyse more sustainable economic growth as well as guarantee a better quality of life to residents in Asajaya, Sadong Jaya, Sebangan, Sebuyau and Simunjan,” he said.

The assistant minister told a press conference this after a working visit to the Asajaya Booster Pump Station and the Sadong Jaya Elevated Water Tank project sites on Monday (Apr 12).

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission), explained that the projects, expected to be completed by 2022, involved the construction of new pipelines, high-level water tanks and booster pump stations, replacement of old pipelines as well as water treatment plant upgrading works.

“So far, a total of 12 projects have been completed and successfully addressed the issue of water supply in several areas in Asajaya and Sadong Jaya,” he said.

Dr Abdul Rahman added that to ensure better and continuous quality of water supply in the Samarahan Division, Jbalb would ensure projects being implemented were completed within the stipulated time.

“These projects are part of the Sarawak Water Supply Grid System which was inspired by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to resolve water supply issues effectively and comprehensively,” he explained.

Also present were Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang, Sadong Jaya assemblyman Aidel Lariwoo, Kota Samarahan Resident Brahim Lumpu and Jbalb director Chang Kuet Shian.