Rural Saribas constituency enjoys 100% treated water coverage

Dr Abdul Rahman inspecting water supply at one of the villager’s home. To his left is Mohd Razi.

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KUCHING, Jan 9: Saribas, Betong, has been deemed the first rural constituency in Sarawak to enjoy 100 per cent treated water coverage following the completion of the Air Manggut water treatment plant.

Assistant Minister of Utilities Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the completion of the new water treatment plant, with a capacity of 3 million litres per day, will provide treated water to 1,106 households in Kampung Kampung Supa, Kampung Medang, Kampung Tuie and Kampung Serabang.

“These villages, in critical need of clean water supply, have been depending on harvested rainwater and water well all this while.

“Once the water connection project is installed completely from the water treatment plant, Saribas state constituency will become one of the rural areas with 100 per cent treated water supply,” he said after a briefing at Kampung Tuie in Saribas today.

Dr Abdul Rahman said it is the state government’s commitment, under chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, to ensure 100 per cent treated water coverage across Sarawak by 2025.

Currently, water supply coverage has reached 81.4 per cent, he added.

In this regards, he said that the state government had allocated RM2.8 billion to provide treated water throughout Sarawak.

“In general, the people are appreciative and grateful with the treated water supply project connected straight to their homes,” said Dr Abdul Rahman.

Saribas assemblyman Mohd Razi Sitam and state Rural Water Supply (JBALB) director Chang Kiet Shien were present. —DayakDaily

Dr Abdul Rahman (sixth right) and Mohd Razi (to his right) pose with others in front of the water tank at Kampung Tuie.