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Kuala Penyu water issues: Department urged to be more responsive
Published on: Thursday, April 18, 2024
By: Ahmad Apong
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Kuala Penyu water issues: Department urged to be more responsive
Another resident, Rosi Iling from Kg Mansud, said the lack of water supply is not limited to just her village but also affects Kg Batu Linting.  - Pic for illustration only.
KUALA PENYU: The State Water Department is urged to be more responsive to the water supply issues impacting several villages in Kuala Penyu.

Resident Shah Mohamad said it has been extremely difficult for locals to obtain clean water supply in recent times. 

He appealed to the Department to monitor the leaking tank in Kilugus and expressed sympathy for nearby houses that were flooded as a result.

Another resident, Rosi Iling from Kg Mansud, said the lack of water supply is not limited to just her village but also affects Kg Batu Linting. 

“We can’t afford to pay RM150 each time to have water delivered. This is a matter that needs to be looked into for the less fortunate residents. Where are we supposed to get water from?” she said.

“If it’s raining now, we can collect rainwater, but what about during the drought like the recent one? Even with a meter, it’s useless as there has been no water since Ramadan until now.

We living on the hill can’t get water supply because the water pressure is low,” she added. 

Another resident, Kimloo Jungin, revealed that the tank in Kg Kiaru has been without water for about four years. 

“Officials from the Water Department should visit as there has been a lack of water in Kg Kiaru and Kg Sawangan,” he said. 

Kampung Sawangan resident Anna Piong said her village has had no water supply for almost 15 years, with the community relying solely on rainwater.

The situation is similar in Kg Kerukan, and Anna hopes Water Department officers will conduct on-site monitoring instead of just relying on feedback from the people.

Zan Mia, another local, hopes  the Water Department will install larger pumps, especially in the Kuala Penyu district, to ensure a continuous water supply. 

“The enforcement team must play a role in checking the main pipe lines for any leaks and water theft, which are the major reasons why water doesn’t reach the remote and hilly villages,” he said.

Resident Dulimin Ajak urged the Water Department to constantly survey the affected areas to identify and address the root causes of the tank or pipe problems. 

“The Water Department should send water supply using the available water tankers to the villages in need and request assistance from the Beaufort Water Department as well,” he said. 

Latipah Effa from Kg Tidong Bukit questioned the status of the water supply in her village, as the community has been relying on rainwater, which is now running low. 

“We pay the water bills every three months, but there is still no water supply,” she said. 

Many Kuala Penyu residents are hoping that Kuala Penyu Assemblyman Datuk Limus Jury, who is also Deputy Works Minister, and Beaufort Member of Parliament Datuk Siti Aminah Aching will personally visit the affected areas to address the water supply issues.

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