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KUCHING, Nov 13: Water supply to affected areas in Betong and Spaoh is expected to return in stages after a burst pipe at Simpang Layar has been fixed at 3.30pm yesterday.
The Ministry of Utilities, in a statement today, explained that consumers in these two areas had earlier been informed of a scheduled water disruption on Wednesday (Nov 10) from 10am to 8pm due to conversion works of a 300mm valve at Lubau water treatment plant by Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB).
At the same time, the Pan Borneo Highway contractors also carried out installation of 800mm MSCL pipe at Simpang Layar, which was unable to be completed by 8pm on Wednesday as scheduled.
When the Simpang Layar pipe started to operate, a burst was detected and JBALB immediately issued a notice regarding the unplanned water supply disruption to carry out repair works.
JBALB had also taken immediate measures to deploy mobile tanks to supply water to consumers in the affected areas, covering Betong Hospital, Taman Kenanga Indah, Taman Satria, SM Spaoh, SM St Augustine, SM Datuk Patinggi Kedit and surrounding areas in Betong division that have been identified to receive the assistance.
JBALB deployed five mobile water tanks while the remaining three were a joint effort from local leaders.
JBALB will continue to inform consumers on the progress of the pipe works and water supply situation from time to time through its official communication channels such as Facebook, Twitter and JBALB’s website. — DayakDaily