JBALB: Dirty water problem in Bakong resolved

Villagers showing the clean water flowing from a house’s water tap.

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KUCHING, Jan 6: The dirty water supply issue which had affected Bakong in Miri has been solved.

According to the Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) in a statement, immediate action had been taken to investigate the source of the issue which affected SMK Bakong and its surrounding areas.

It noted that heavy rain and flood had resulted in strong smelling and coloured water at the Bakong River water intake.

“JBALB has decided to stop the supply and arrange for alternative water supply from Bukit Song to Bakong areas, which commenced at 1pm yesterday.

“A JBALB response team is at the site to tackle the issue and verified that the situation has recovered. JBALB will continue to monitor the situation,” the department revealed.

It added that the water supply at the affected areas has improved and low pressure has recovered yesterday.

JBALB observed that areas located on high ground will be supplied with water tankers.

The department also apologised for the incident.

A resident showing the clean water after the water issue at Bakong has been resolved.

The water agency was responding to a local news article yesterday which highlighted dirty water had been detected in Bakong.

It reported that teachers and students of SMK Bakong have been depending on a roadside water kiosk near Beluru town for their daily water supply over the past three days. More than 300 students from the secondary school faced problems in getting potable water supply, as the taps there only dispensed smelly, yellowish water.

Meanwhile, JBALB revealed that any incident related to water supply issues may be directed to its officers.

They are Fadil Kawi (JBALB Miri Division water engineer) at 014-8820032, Claira (JBALB Miri Division assistant water engineer) at 013-5660173 and Ahmad Selihin (JBALB headquarter operation section) at 019-8186917. — DayakDaily