Water woes in Simunjan being addressed

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KUCHING: Efforts are underway to provide treated water supply to the villagers in Kampung Keniong Baru, Simunjan.

“This project is still at the stage of appointment of consultants and design before the next stage,” Federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (June 29).

She was responding to a complaint lodged by a constituent over the lack of treated water supply in the Simunjan village.

Nancy said the status of the project was based on the latest information obtained from the Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) with regard to Kampung Keniong Baru and surrounding villages.

“Since 2018, the state government no longer depends on the federal government’s funding to improve water and electricity facilities.

“At present, the state government has implemented its own initiative by building high-level tanks and water pipes to speed up the distribution of water supply,” she said.

Nancy said the water supply projects in the area had been included in the state government’s Serian Regional Phase 2 project.

“They involve the construction of new pipes, booster pump stations and water storage tanks. Water supply will be channelled from Serian Water Treatment Plant.

The Batang Sadong MP said several water supply projects in Simunjan had been fully completed and several other areas were still under construction.

“I hope this has helped clarify the situation and once again, thank you for bringing this to my attention,” she said.

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