By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Aug 26: Leakage on the 700mm DI (ductile iron) pipe in front of Petronas station of Jalan Sultan Tengah has caused water supply disruption to residents along the area up to Santubong yesterday afternoon (Aug 25).
Sarawak Deputy Minister for Utility and Telecommunication Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) had received a complaint that there was a leak in a pipe involving a 700mm pipe connection in front of the petrol station around 7am yesterday.
“Following the complaint received, JBALB had instructed the contractor to solve the leakage problem immediately and the repair works have been fully completed around 7pm last night (Aug 25),” he told DayakDaily in a short phone call today.
He also noted that the same pipeline initially had connection works completed a day earlier, beginning 10pm of Aug 23 and scheduled to end at 5am of the next day (Aug 24).
However, the works were extended until 12pm of Aug 24 after encountering slight difficulties due to humid and damp conditions at the site.
The affected households along Jalan Sultan Tengah up to Santubong have started to receive water supply again after the repair works but it did not last long because they had to undergo water disruption at night following maintenance works due to full shutdown of Module 8, Plant 4 at Batu Kitang Water Treatment Plant. The disruption started from 10pm of Aug 24 until 6am of Aug 25.
Nevertheless, Dr Abdul Rahman said State water agencies had taken immediate action during the disruption period by setting up Centralised Water Collection Centre in several identified locations to ensure that consumers continue to receive clean water supply at all times.
These locations include Surau Bandar Baru Samariang Fasa 1, Masjid Samariang Aman, Taman Puteri, Taman Family Park, Masjid Rampangi, Taman Sri Permai 1, Dewan Kpg Pasir Pandak, Masjid Kampung Sungai Lumut, SK Buntal and Masjid Kpg Santubong.
“There were seven water tankers deployed to these locations by JBALB (3), Kuching Water Board (2) and contractor (2),” he elaborated.
He also reminded that upon the resumption of water supply to the households, consumers had to carry out flushing-out process by switching on their taps for 10 to 15 minutes. — DayakDaily