Authorities: ‘Bubbling’ at sea not due to pipeline leak


Unsolved mystery: Boatmen spotted the ‘water bubble’ between Sabah’s Menumbok and Labuan.

KOTA KINABALU: Water authorities in Labuan have not detected any leak along the water pipeline from mainland Sabah to nearby islands.

This clarification came following a viral video showing water “bubbling” at sea.

In a statement yesterday, the Labuan Water Supply authority denied that their undersea water pipeline from Beaufort was the source of the bubbling seen between Labuan and Menumbok.

The Labuan water authority said as of 5pm Thursday, there was no abnormal water pressure along its pipelines.

“The water pressure of 20 bar remains normal, ” it said.

Officials also said that the pressure for its pipelines for treated water under phase one and phase two remained at 20 bar, while the Pulau Enoe water reservoir is also at its maximum capacity.

However, the water authority will continue to monitor the situation with other agencies and advised the public not to panic as the water supply situation remains normal on the island.

The video of the bubbles at sea was taken by some boatmen who witnessed it and from their utterances heard in the background were speculating that the water pipeline from the mainland could have burst.

However, it could not be ascertained if the bubbling is continuing.

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