Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (centre) being briefed by Infrastructure and Ports Development Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi (left) on the 24-hour water supply project for Samarahan Division in Sebuyau yesterday. Also present are (from second left) Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi; Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Land and Survey Department director Abdullah Julaihi. Photo: Mohd Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: Residents in the Samarahan division can heave a sigh of relief as Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has pledged that they will enjoy 24 hours uninterrupted water supply by the end of 2021.

He said water supply in the area would be upgraded and connected to Kuching main water grid.

“Three years ago, following my first visit here we allocated a special fund to upgrade the water supply which costs more than RM500 million to solve the water supply problems here.

“The local residents will get uninterrupted water supply, this is being addressed and it too will be a boon to agriculture here as part of the infrastructure that we are providing to rural areas,” he told a press conference here on Thursday.

Abang Johari said the new water grid would allow water to be channelled from Kuching to Simunjan, Gedong, Sebangan and Simunjan.

He said, besides the water upgrading project, two other projects that the state government was embarking on is upgrading the road system from Samarahan and constructing a coastal bund to prevent saltwater intrusion.

“We want to upgrade the road system from Samarahan to the coastal road, we will upgrade this road and the water pipeline will be constructed along the road. This will improve transportation in the area,” he said.

The chief minister said it was important that the coastal bunds be also formed as it would allow for agricultural activities in the area.

“The coastal bunds costs RM500 million and it will prevent saltwater intrusion from happening in the area. All of these are being implemented and we hope they will be completed by 2021,” he said.