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Dry taps in Labuan: More water tanks are installed
Published on: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
By: Sohan Das
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Dry taps in Labuan: More water tanks are installed
One of the additional water tanks installed.
LABUAN: Additional 1,000-litre static water tanks have been installed at high-density population and commercial areas to ease the dry taps problem plaguing hundreds of water consumers here.

Newly-elected Member of Parliament Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman, who immediately got down to work, said the quick measure had been made possible with an allocation by Labuan Corporation to the Labuan Water Supply Department.

“Taman Mutiara which has more than 2,000 residents has been provided with six additional tanks and a few more are spread over locations in dire need,” he said.

Suhaili said he was informed by the Labuan Water Department Director that the present problem was due to a high level of turbidity of the Padas River which has to be treated at the Lava Gadung plant before being distributed. 

“This (turbidity) is beyond our control and has resulted in Labuan not having adequate water for more than four days.

“The department has been using trucks to send water to areas in need but at times this is also not enough to meet the demand,” he added.

Water supply disruptions have been the norm here for months. 

At times, it was due to technical fault at the pump station and also leakage from obsolete main supply lines. Since January, over 35 notices of disruption had been issued, causing frustrations among some 20,000 water consumers on the island. 

About 90 per cent of Labuan’s water is sourced from the Padas River via an undersea pipeline.

This plight of Labuan has been highlighted before and the Ministry of Environment and Water had stated that an allocation of RM202.6 million was made under the rolling Plan (RP) of the 12th Malaysian Plan.

Now the Federal Government has charged and many are wondering what would be next for Labuan.

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