RM348 mil allocated for 53 rural water supply projects in Lawas

Dr Abdul Rahman (fifth left) with others pose for a group photo in front of Merapok water treatment plant in Lawas. Photo: JBALB Sarawak

LAWAS, April 1: Villages and longhouses around Merapok, Lawas will have clean and treated water supply upon the completion of two projects under Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) this year.

Deputy Minister of Utility and Telecommunication Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the first package was NR4 Work Order 2 which involved the upgrading of Merapok water treatment plant of 2 MLD (millions of litre per day) and the construction of high level water tank with a capacity of 1 MLD.

“This project costs RM13 million and is expected to be completed in August this year.

“Upon completion, the project will provide high level water supply from Merapok water treatment plant to the people,” he said during his work visit to Lawas JBALB on Wednesday (March 30) which was reported by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS).

He further said the second package was NR3 Work Order 1 which involves the installation of new pipes, construction of a booster pump station in Ulu Merapok Junction and the construction of a new high level tank with a capacity of 1.5 MLD in Ulu Merapok.

“The second package is expected to be completed in October this year at a cost of RM14 million,” he added.

To date, there are 53 water supply projects in Limbang Division with 41 already completed, 10 still under construction while two are still under planning.

The total allocation for all 53 projects is RM347.7 million.

In Lawas district, there are 32 projects involving RM195.6 million where 22 projects have been completed, nine under implementation and one still in planning stage. – DayakDaily