New Development to Follow Strict Storm Water Management From July 1

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KUCHING : The Sarawak Urban Storm Water Management Manual (SUStom) will be fully implemented in less than two months time said Local Government Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil.

Penguang said following this implementation, all proposed storm water management facilities in new development shall require approval of Irrigation and Drainage Department prior to planning submission to Land and Survey Department.

“Currently, Resource Planning and Environment Ministry, Local Government Ministry, Land and Survey Department, Irrigation and Drainage Department and respective councils are working closely to put in place the work process for effective implementation of SUStom,” said Penguang in replying to See Chee How (N11-Batu Lintang) during Question and Answer here today.

Penguang also said, as a technical department, DID Sarawak will provide technical advice on storm water management in addressing flash flood in new development area.

Upon full implementation of SUStom, all storm water management plan by the developer consisting of proposal for main trunk drain, internal drains, ponds, rivers or any other pertinent drainage infrastructure must first be vetted and approved by DID in order to ensure adequate space for water especially during monsoon season.

“This includes the vetting of the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan prior to the commencement of any earthwork,” Penguang added.