SIBU: Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) has identified 18 water treatment plants in seven areas where the supply of water is at the critical level due to the dry weather.
According to its press statement on Thursday (Sept 19), Sri Aman, which is hard hit by the haze, had 10 water treatment plants – the most in the state – and the water reserve was low and at a critical level.
The others were Samarahan, Serian, and Betong with one each, Kuching and Mukah with two plants each.
The water supply in Kapit has been rated as good while Bintulu, Sibu, Miri and Lawas as acceptable.
"Overall, the supply of water statewide is in good condition and is able to meet demand.
"There are, however, several divisions where the water reserve level at the treatment plants is at a worrying state due to the dry and hot season. The department is always ready to face any crisis," it added.
The department added that they had started water rationing in Engkelili, Lingga, Stumbing and Seduku, Simunjan and Bayai Water Treatment Plant on Thursday beginning at 8am.
On Sri Aman Division, it said that eight of its water treatment plants were operating at the minimum level. They included the treatment plants of Air Bayai, Pantu, Stumbin, Seduku, Lingga, Lemanak Development Scheme, Skrang and Engkelili.
"In view of this, Sri Aman Rural Water Supply Department has activated five centralised water collection centres in JKR Sri Aman, State Government Flat in Jalan Kedang, in front of Sri Aman Prison, Kampung Pakit and Lachau Bazaar," it said.
The department is also sending water using five tankers to the affected areas daily from 8am to midnight.
The public is advised to contact Sri Aman JBALB's operation room for any complaint or enquiry at 083-323240/083-323242.
The department also advised those staying in water critical areas to use water wisely.