KANOWIT: The state government has urged Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and the Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) to use new technologies in supplying electricity and water to the people in the state, especially in the rural areas.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this was to achieve 100 per cent electricity and treated water supply in the state by 2025.
“We (the state government) will provide additional funding for SEB and JBALB to conduct a study on the use of the technologies,” he said in his speech when officiating the 132kV substation worth RM106 million here yesterday.
The substation will provide 24-hour electricity supply to 146 villages benefitting 2,632 households around Kanowit.
Abang Johari said the floating solar power system that could be installed in existing dams in Sarawak could be used to generate electricity.
He said in order to provide clean water supply, reverse osmosis technology could be used to treat river water.
The state government has allocated RM2.3 billion for implementation of projects and initiatives under the electricity supply strategy aimed at increasing rural electricity supply coverage from 91 per cent in 2018 to 97 per cent by the end of this year.
A total of RM2.8 billion has been set aside to implement the first phased of the Sarawak Water Supply Grid Programme which will include treatment water plants, distribution network systems, improvement works, pipe replacement, non-revenue water management, modernisation initiatives and the Sarawak Alternative Rural Water Supply. – Bernama