Cable theft behind water shortage expected to hit Tinjar

Cables were stolen from the raw water intake machinery at the Tinjar water treatment plant.

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KUCHING, Oct 24: Tinjar is expected to experience water shortages due to the failure of the pump system to operate resulting from cables stolen from the raw water intake of the Tinjar water treatment plant.

The Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) in a press statement today said water supply in Tinjar will only last until tomorrow morning (Oct 25) although repair works are being carried out by Miri JBALB.

The department said Miri JBALB will deliver water supplies to the affected areas until the water supply situation is restored to normal.


In the meantime, JBALB said a police report has been lodged by Miri JBALB today on the cable theft.

It noted the cable theft was the third such incident recorded by Miri JBALB which has affected water supply to consumers especially to clinics and schools.

JBALB estimated that the cost of repair and replacement of the cable wire to be around RM70,000.

It pointed out that the assets prepared by the department is to provide consumers with good and consistent water supply.

Nonetheless, due to vandalism by certain parties, it has caused hardship to other consumers.

Therefore, JBALB appealed to the public to contact the Beluru Police Station at 085-744341 or JBALB Call Centre at 082-262211 if anyone witnesses any suspicious activity at water treatment plants, booster pump stations or any assets owned by JBLAB.

It said JBALB viewed seriously vandalism and theft of any of its assets and stern action will be taken against culprits involved. — DayakDaily