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Sandakan needs new water pipes: MP
Published on: Friday, November 29, 2019
By: Winnie Kasmir

SANDAKAN: Sandakan MP Vivian Wong said water pipes from the water treatment plant that supply water to Sandakan are out of date.

The Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources needs to fund a new round of water pipeline replacement and relocation.

Vivian said about 52 million litres of piped water were sent from the Kinabatangan plant to Sandakan daily.

However, the existing pipeline was built and used since 1988. The 31-year-old pipeline is also in very bad condition.

“The parties should seriously consider allocating funds to fund a new round of replacements and relocation of water pipes in Sandakan as well as in Sabah as a way of solving problems once and for all.

“Frequency of repairing water pipes and patrols to check the condition of the pipes is not the solution as it will result in more wastage,” she said.

In addition, there are many water pipelines built in Sawit plantations and other remote areas without road crossings.

Vivian said the situation caused problems such as broken pipes could not be properly resolved.

“This also leads to the average NRW Water Index in Sabah reaching 52 per cent higher than the national NRW index of 35 per cent,” she added.

Vivian said this when submitting a proposal to the Ministry of Water, Lands and Natural Resources during a debate on the Supply Act 2020 at the Dewan Rakyat.

She also emphasised that Sandakan frequently experienced water supply disruption in the last two months.

She said the records for disruptions were three to four days.

“This has also created serious problems for the people of Sandakan, especially as it interferes with their daily routine,” she added.

 



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