Hidup meets with KWB to resolve Kpg Quop water woes

George (3rd right) with Hidup’s members and KWB’s representatives visiting Kampung Quop yesterday morning.

KUCHING, Aug 27: Habitat for Indigenous and Urban Program (Hidup) once again came to the plight of Kampung Quop community.

This time is the issue of the water supply or rather the low water pressure.

Rural water supplies have traditionally been overshadowed by urban ones. That must now change, and that adds to the peculiarity of Kpg Quop, a mere 16km from Kuching according to Hidup President, George Young Si Ricord Jr.

“Low water pressure is a pain as lamented by the community of Kpg Quop and as one resident puts it, when you turn on the faucet and a drizzle, water pressure can literally make or break your day,” George said in a statement after visiting the village yesterday morning.

Following the request from the community, George then got in touch with Kuching Water Board (KBW) Corporate unit on Kampung Quop’s villagers’ predicament, after which immediately responded by going to the site.

George stated that Hidup’s objective is to assess the water supply to the Bidayuh village.

Meanwhile, George said that KWB’s representative explained the reasons for the low water pressure to several households in various parts of the village, namely at Betang Sembu, Rabak Tambi, Sidunuk, and at Jalan Rundim.

The low pressure is most acute during peak hours especially early morning and late evening when residents are getting ready for work and back home.

The results revealed that even though villagers were provided with tap water, several families still used alternative sources namely gravity pipe water.

At the site, KWB representative suggested several approaches to alleviate the low water pressure and one of these is the installation of a booster pump.—DayakDaily