‘Water woes of Sibu Jaya residents to be resolved by December’

Sempurai (seated, right) and Wong (left ) addressing Sibu Jaya’s water disruption problems during a press conference.

IT looks like 33,000 residents of Sibu Jaya will be getting a Christmas gift — their perennial water issues are expected to be resolved soon.

Speaking at a press conference, Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) deputy chairman Wong Ching Yong said by December, the Kanowit Phase 2 project to supply water to areas in Kanowit, Machan and Durin, and also partly to Jalan KJD and Sibu Jaya, will be “a Christmas present for the people of Sibu Jaya”.

“I am confident that once the project is completed, water pressure will improve,” he said.

The scope of work for the RM77mil project includes laying 53km of pipeline from the Salim Water Treatment Plant to Kanowit, building the Durin booster station and the elevated reservoir at Bukong Jagoi, as well as other associated works.

The entire project is targeted to be completed by June next year, following delays brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and various movement control orders.

“Currently, some 0.37km out of 1.87km has already been laid and the rest is expected to be completed by December.

“Once this is done, water pressure to Sibu Jaya will improve,” said Wong.

SRDC chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai said residents of the 20 flats in Sibu Jaya had been badly affected by water issues over the past four years.

“Sibu Jaya is located on higher ground. For residents to have water, the pressure must be very high; they either experience low water pressure or get no water at all.”

He said currently, the council had placed large water tanks at all the flats while Sibu Water Board (SWB) was also sending water daily to the residents.

Sempurai said the long-term solution to the problem was for the state water grid system to be extended to Sibu Jaya.

“According to SWB, they have 6,000 accounts in Sibu Jaya.

“This water issue cropped up due to the increase in Sibu Jaya’s population, whereby supply could not meet demand,” he added.

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