Water woes no longer plaguing Marudi with completion of rural water supply project

Abang Johari speaking at the launch of the Marudi BALB project today (Nov 25, 2021).

By Ling Hui

MIRI, Nov 25: Water supply issues will no longer affect the local residents of Marudi with the completion of the RM38.5 million Rural Water Supply (BALB) project last Sept 19.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the project was a success through the close collaboration between the Federal and State governments as well as the the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) and Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB).

“Lubok Nibong is an area where water supply used to be inadequate and water disruptions frequently occur.

“With the RM38.5 million funding from the Federal government, JBALB was able to provide the necessary water supply (to Marudi) where I can see water is no longer an issue,” he said when launching the Marudi BALB project at Rh Ridah, Sg Pasir Marudi here today.

The BALB project that began in March, 2019 included the construction of the Poyut-Nibong booster pump house, Telang Usan suction tank with water storage capacity of 1.17 million litres per day (MLD), the Anja elevated reservoir with capacity of 2.76MLD, and installation of 71km of new pipelines.

Aimed to provide clean and treated water supply to villages along the road from SMK Telang Usan to Kampung Lubok Nibong in Marudi, the project is estimated to benefit a total of 34 villages with 1,586 households and 7,930 residents.

Through the implementation of this project, water pressure can be increased and clean water supply can be channeled consistently to the area around Marudi, especially during peak hours. — DayakDaily