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MP: Speed up RM100m Labuan water pipe job
Published on: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
By: Iffah Dilaney

LABUAN: Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli (pic) called on the Government to expedite the replacement of dilapidated waters pipes across the island, for which an allocation of RM100 million has already been approved.

He said the replacement work needs to be carried out as soon as possible to curb the problem of broken pipes that often occurred here and affected the water supply to consumers, particularly villagers.

“The water pipes here have been around for a while now and are mostly worn out, they need to be replaced quickly as the people are often faced with water supply disruption due to broken pipes,” he told a press conference.

The replacement work, he said, will not only overcome the problem of water supply disruptions but also avoid water wastage resulting from broken pipes.

It is understood that the RM100 million project involves replacing the old asbestos cement pipes with more durable ductile iron pipes of higher quality.

Meanwhile, Labuan Water Department Director Alvin Michael Lo, when contacted, said the project is in the tender process and the contractor is expected to be appointed this year. He said the island has 120km of asbestos cement pipes and this will require a larger allocation to replace all the pipes.

Alvin disclosed that in 2017, approximately 1,700 consumers within four villages here were affected by critical water supply disruption for a few days due to major underground water pipe bursts.



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