RAUB: The RM5mil dam to help ease Raub residents’ water problems will be completed within the next month, said Datuk Seri Zaini Ujang.
The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry secretary-general said there was a slight delay in the construction due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
“But all these issues have been resolved and it should be ready in about 25 days’ time.
“This project is the first in the country, and two other similar dams will be built in Ranau and Merbok,” he said after accompanying Barisan Nasional Raub parliamentary candidate Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and Tras state seat candidate Ng Leap Pong on a site tour at the Sungai Bilut water plant near here.
Zaini said the Government had also allocated RM79mil to upgrade pipes and for water-related projects in the state.
The project, said Chew, uses Japanese technology and is also the first in Asia with a three-layer filter system.
“Some 7,600 houses facing water woes within Raub town to Jalan Tras, including Raub Jaya and Sempalit, will benefit from this project.
“This is a long-term commitment of the Government to look after the welfare of the people. If elected, I hope to do more and highlight their problems to the authorities and find a solution,” she added.
Chew said Felda had also given its commitment to replace old pipes in Felda Krau and Felda Lembah Klau in stages to address water problems in the settlements.
Ng said water shortage was a longstanding problem due to many leakages from old and faulty pipes.
He said that with this project, at least part of the problem would be addressed because processing raw water into treated water would no longer be an issue.
“Due to heavy rain, the raw water becomes very cloudy with sediment, resulting in a shutdown and water cut.
“With this dam, the supply of raw water will be uninterrupted and will not disrupt the water treatment process,” he added.
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