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– By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Oct 9: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s visit to Ontario, Canada, in search of effective technologies to manage and distribute water supplies has been featured in an article by the Water Institute of the University of Waterloo.
An article titled ‘State of Sarawak visits Water Institute to uncover emerging technologies’ was released on the institute website on Oct 4 (https://uwaterloo.ca/water-institute/news/state-sarawak-visits-water-institute-uncover-emerging).
It reported that Sarawak was routing water from its remote regions into its cities.
“To support this initiative, a delegation of officials, headed by their Chief Minister, visited Ontario this past week to consult water experts on leading-edge practices and emerging technologies.
“On their roster of research powerhouse visits was the Water Institute, and following the Oct 1 meeting, a solid base for future collaboration between the State and Institute researchers was forged,” it stated.
The report also stated that the 27-member delegation gathered at the University of Waterloo for a half-day water research showcase tailored to the unique changes facing the state.
“Interest was shown, in particular to Water Institute expertise in water resource management and emerging technologies that can sustainably provide clean and potable water over the long term,” said the report.
It added that in the coming year, collaborations would continue to be explored in water resources management research, education and capacity building between the institute and Sarawak’s rural water supply department, Sarawak Energy and their academic institutions.
Abang Johari went on a five-day study trip to Ontario recently, seeking to develop a close collaboration with the Ontario provincial government to pick the latter’s brain on managing water bodies in Sarawak effectively. — DayakDaily