Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) director Chan Kuet Shian said works to connect the new second stage 500mm high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and third stage 500mm ductile iron (DICL) pipes were scheduled to be carried out concurrently over eight hours tomorrow for the Pan Borneo Highway.
“However, the works will be postponed to the following day if weather conditions are poor,” he said at a press conference held at Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) headquarters.
The department anticipates that during the course of the “interconnection” works, water supply to areas from Mile 4 to 16, Jalan KJD, Pakan, Lemayong, Bintangor, Sungai Sian, Sungai Selidap, Bukit Papit and Lebaan will be affected.
Chan said some areas might experience water disruption for more than eight hours.
During the water cut, JBALB Sarikei and Pan Borneo contractors will deploy nine water tankers to affected residents.
According to Chan, those in high impact areas with eight longhouses will not have water supply for nine days while those in medium impact areas of 18 longhouses can expect five days of dry taps.
“The department regrets any inconvenience caused and will work very closely with Pan Borneo contractors to minimise the impact of the water disruption,” he said.
He explained that these works were necessary to ensure construction of the Pan Borneo Highway and development of better water supply systems went on smoothly.
JBALB Sarawak’s as well as the Pakan JBALB Sarikei Division’s Facebook pages will be updated regularly to keep the public informed on the progress of the works.
SRDC chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai said the council would work closely with JBALB to ensure the works were carried out smoothly.
SRDC deputy chairman Wong Ching Yong said a total of 53 longhouses would be affected by the water cut.
This will be the seventh time these areas are experiencing water supply disruptions in the span of just over a year.
The first six times took place between Aug 8, 2019 and Aug 6, 2020.
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