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KUCHING, Sept 9: The Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) has clarified that the brown water tanks given to the rural communities are manufactured in accordance with stringent quality control measures and in compliance with Sirim’s MS1225 standard.
In a statement, JBALB said the tanks were made from food grade polyethylene (PE) resins and are flexible, tough and durable.
“As such, the PE water tanks are supplied with a 10 years manufacturer’s warranty.
“PE tanks, unlike fibreglass or steel tanks, are lightweight and flexible, are very tough and will not break or rupture easily, making these PE tanks the ideal type of tanks for transporting into logistically challenging rural areas, especially remote areas through rough and rugged terrain, where other types of tanks would not have survived the journey intact.
“The deformed PE tanks are not a sign of poor quality, rather a result of mishandling during transportation,” JBALB clarified.
The department explained that the tanks, although deformed, suffered no damage for its intended use, and were fully intact and functional, and would resume their normal cylindrical shape when filled with water.
“We have warned the transporter to place and carry the water tank safely and securely and any deformation to be fully restored prior to handing over to recipient,” said JBALB.
JBALB issued the statement in response to a viralled social media posting on PE tanks which has been making its rounds lately.
The viraled post claims that the PE tanks are defective and of low quality. It also criticises that the Sarawak government to have wasted money on defective items meant to help the rural people. — DayakDaily