Water supply disruption hits 65,000 households in Miri

Affected residents waiting to get water from a water tank truck.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, June 16: Approximately 65,000 households in Miri have been affected water supply disruption caused by a broken pipe at Mile 7 Jalan Miri-Bintulu.

According to LAKU Management Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Daneil Punang, emergency repair teams are currently at the site to repair the broken 1,100mm diameter pipe which burst around 2.30am today.

“We have identified that the incident has occurred due to ground movement within the area,” he said during a press conference earlier this afternoon.

The ground movement had dislodged the pipe’s joints.

Daneil said LAKU will continue to assist affected households by deploying water trucks.

“We have around seven water trucks being deployed to affected areas in Miri and other agencies are also helping us in the effort.”

As a long-term solution, he said, LAKU is planning to relocate its pipelines outside the Pan Borneo Highway area.

Also present at the press conference was LAKU chairman Datuk Nelson Balang Rining.

Repair works being carried out on the broken pipe.

Meanwhile, according to LAKU in a statement earlier today, water supply is expected to fully restored by tomorrow around 5pm.

Today’s burst pipe is the second such incidence in less than a week.

On June 10, a pipe burst at the same spot, causing most of the residential areas in Miri to experience water disruption for 12 hours. — DayakDaily