Dr Rundi: Water woes of Pulau Bruit solved by 2020

Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom

By Wilfred PIlo

KUCHING, July 12:  The water woes at the fishing village of Pulau Bruit and its surrounding areas at Mukah Division will be a thing in the past by 2020.

Utilities Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said he was aware that the island has been getting 8.5 million litre of water supply per day from Sarikei and the amount was  insufficient.

“To solve the problem, two more packages are being carried out and they are to be completed by 2020.  Once completed, it can supply 18 million litre per day and this can overcome the water woes on the island.

“Actually last time we have done a big project for Tanjung Manis water supply that includes the island. In that big project we had eight (8) packages and all the packages are okay except for the water intake,” 

Dr Rundi said the water intake used the RBF (water bed filtration) water system and they found out that it produced only 51 million litre per day instead of 125 million litre per day.

“At that time, the water also contained high level amount of ammonia. That is why the project was delayed.

“Now the water to Pulau Bruit is from Sarikei itself and not enough and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government took the initiative and put another two more packages to increase the water supply from 8 million litre to 18 million per litre.”

“It will not be immediate but we will resolve the water woes at Pulau Bruit and most of it surrounding areas,” said Dr Rundi in a press conference on Sarawak Day Celebration today.

During the press conference, a reporter raised the question on recent water woes at Kampung Sebakau of Pulau Bruit which has a population of about 2,000 villagers.

Rundi stated that every time a complaint was made, it would be verified properly.  After it was confirmed to be genuine, immediate action will be taken immediately. — DayakDaily