Kuching Water Board urged to come up with contingency plans to address water supply issues

Some of the affected residents are seen filling their pails from the water tanker deployed by KWB.

KUCHING, May 22: Special assistant to Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Michael Kong, urged the Kuching Water Board (KWB) to come up with immediate contingency plans to address water supply issues.

In a statement today, Kong said 10th Mile to 13th Mile residents have been facing a water shortage since Saturday (May 20), which according to KWB, was caused by a burst water pipe following construction works for a pedestrian overhead bridge in the area.

“In light of the urgency of the matter, I contacted KWB at 1.30pm today to suggest that if the issue cannot be resolved by 4pm, a water tank should be mobilised to these residential areas.

“With the matter persisting, KWB has arranged to fill such water tanks at 6pm and has since mobilised them to Taman Highpark at 12th Mile,” he said.

Kong said he also visited the water distribution process and was pleased to see a smooth implementation by KWB and was on-site to talk to the residents and get their input on the water issue.

He also said that they had taken note of various feedback from the residents, including the constant low water pressure from the area.

“We have informed KWB about the matter and asked them to assist in this matter accordingly.

“In the meantime, we shall continue to monitor the matter and help out to make sure that the supply of such basic amenities is not interrupted,” he added. — DayakDaily