Sawas provides clean water to rural areas

Dr Abdul Rahman (left) during a briefing by JBALB.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Alternative Water Supply Programme (Sawas) has been a boon to the state’s rural areas, said Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

He said Sawas, implemented by the Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) has served rural dwellers in supplying clean water, particularly in remote areas that do not have access to roads and main pipes.

“This is a noble effort by the Sarawak government to supply clean water, including in areas far from the main pipes,” he said after a briefing on the implementation of Sawas project at the JBALB headquarters here.

Dr Abdul Rahman said Sawas was currently in the second phase of implementation in remote areas of Sarawak.

The first phase was fully completed in 2018 involving 22 villages at a cost of RM49.7 million through five packages. Another 53 villages will be involved in the second phase of Sawas.

“The second phase involves 22 packages at a cost of RM134.6 million with its implementation involving three regions namely south, central and north,” he said.

He added that under the 12th Malaysia Plan (RMK12), a total of 997 villages would be involved in the Sawas programme benefitting 21,777 residents.

“The cost of implementing the programme under the 12MP is expected to be around RM3 billion,” he said.