Short-run project to resolve Saratok’s water woes – CM

Posted on : 21 Apr 2018  Source of News: borneo post

A file photo of the Batang Ai HEP, which will be one of the water sources for the long-term water grid project.

SARATOK: Water woes in Saratok will be resolved in the short-run when a project costing around RM87 million to supply water to several villages is completed.

The most affected areas are Saratok Bazaar, Sessang and Kabong, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg here today.

“An allocation of RM87 million has been approved to resolve water woes in Saratok, Sessang and Kabong so that people will be having uninterrupted supply of water,” he said when officiating the Sejiwa Senada programme here.

Abang Johari also reminded people of the announcement he made earlier this year concerning the state’s water supply issues.

He said as a long-term measure the state will install the water grid to distribute water to whole of Sarawak.

The project costing RM8 billion in its first phase will be using Bakun, Batang Ai and Murum HEP dams as the water sources, he pointed out.

He said the state could not be overly dependent on rivers as water source as they can be polluted, low or dry.

He said Sarawak also could not be overly dependent on the federal government for funding and that is why he set up the Development Bank of Sarawak.

“We must know how to get funds and use the funds wisely,” he said.