Phase 2 of Kanowit water supply project 7pct behind schedule, expected to complete by Dec

Julaihi (right) visiting the Durin booster station.
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By William Isau

KANOWIT, June 24: Phase 2 of the Kanowit Water Supply project is currently seven per cent behind schedule but is expected to be ready by December this year.

According to the Minister for Utility and Telecommunication Sarawak, Datuk Seri Julaihi Narawi, the project is currently at 85.2 per cent against the originally scheduled 92.6 per cent.

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“We are seven per cent behind the scheduled progress, but to me, it is not bad,” he said after a working visit to the project site today.

The RM78 million project, which commenced in August 2019, is set to improve water pressure and reliability of water supply in Durin, Kanowit, and surrounding areas when completed.

“The project, implemented by the Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB), will benefit residents in Sibu, including the Sibu Jaya, Nibong Tada, and Machan areas too,” he added.

The project work involves the construction of the Durin booster station with a capacity of 1.5 million litres per day (MLD), a 3.5 MLD elevated water tank at Bukong Jagoi, and the installation of 55 km-long distribution pipes from the Salim water treatment plant in Sibu to Kanowit.

“The pipeline installation is almost completed, with only 5km left for implementation. Hopefully, it will go on smoothly, and by December this year, it should be completed,” he added.

Earlier, Julaihi, accompanied by his deputy, Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, visited the New Bukong Jagoi 3.5ML Reservoir, New Durin Booster Station with 1.5ML Ground Suction, and Pipeline B for the Kanowit Water Supply Phase 2 project. — DayakDaily

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