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KUCHING: The Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) will be placing a giant 10,000 gallon tank in SMK Balai Ringin to alleviate the water shortage problem.
JBALB director Chang Kuet Shian said the department is taking this measure so as not to hinder the students’ education as the school lacks a big storage tank for water.
“The school has no big storage tank. So even when the water tanker sends over water, the school cannot keep much water,” Chang told the DayakDaily today.
Chang who is presently at SMK Balai Ringin is hoping that there is a place big enough in the school to accommodate the big tank.
SMK Balai Ringin is situated on a slightly undulating location.
There are six flats which are used as teachers’ quarters in the school while the old teachers’ quarters which have been left vacant are still intact.
With new and old buildings clustered within the same compound, the school looks quite limited in space.
“We will arrange for the footing tomorrow. The tank will be delivered once the footing is done. The tank measures 3.8 metres in diameter and five metres in height.
“The tank weighs 45 tonnes when full. This is the temporary solution for the school,” said Chang.
He said the high level water supply tank within the vicinity of SMK Balai Ringin was initially meant for the use of the school.
“Then Balai Ringin expanded. This high level water supply tank which is supposedly for SMK Balai Ringin is now used by every consumer in the surrounding area, leaving the school not having a high level tank of its own,” Chang explained.
Chang said with the availability of the huge tank, there would be enough water for the use of the teachers and students.
However, he also stated that as the department could not place the tank on a high level, those staying in the high level flats would still need to find ways to carry the water up to the higher floors.