Sibu Water Board: Disruption due to Katibas soil erosion; Salim, Bukit Lima treatment plants affected

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By DayakDaily Team

SIBU, March 5: The unforeseen water interruption in Sibu that happened at 5pm yesterday (March 4) was due to high turbidity in the raw water, a consequence of the soil erosion from Katibas, adversely impacting the Salim and Bukit Lima Treatment Plants.

In a press statement today, the Sibu Water Board said to address the situation, they decided to reduce raw water extraction from the Rejang River, concurrently downsizing the treatment process.


“Unfortunately, the soil erosion overload inflicted damage on the chemical dosing line, necessitating the temporary shutdown of the Bukit Lima Treatment Plant at 9.50pm for part replacement,” said the board.

It added that despite the resumption of operations at the Bukit Lima Raw Water Intake at 4am today, the treated water pump encountered challenges due to unstable water quality.

“While the Salim Treatment Plant fully recovered by 9am (today), the Bukit Lima Treatment Plant is currently undergoing recovery, with one treat water pump operational by 10.30am and fully recovered by 11.30am. Continuous monitoring is in place.”

The board added that to alleviate the inconvenience caused by the disruption, the board has dispatched water tankers to the affected areas and expressed gratitude to the community for their understanding.

For real-time updates, the public is encouraged to refer to Sibu Water Board’s official social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram). Any concerns or issues related to water supply can be reported through the dedicated hotline at 013-8106311. — DayakDaily