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Plans for electrical improvements to pump houses: Department
Published on: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
By: Sidney Skinner
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Plans for electrical improvements to pump houses: Department
An SSD officer accompanies the policeman who came to inspect the vandalised control panel in Taman Suria Kobusak Phase 1.
THE Sewage Services Department (SSD) plans to carry out electrical and mechanical improvements at its Taman Victory-Towering Industrial Centre pump house, as well as another near Taman Suria Kobusak Phase 1.

This action follows feedback from homeowners at the latter neighbourhood and Oriental Park about the difficulties which they had encountered in using their toilets, on and off, over the past few months.

They also bemoaned the nuisance created by the stench of the effluent escaping from the manholes near their premises.

The pair separately provided Hotline with the pertinent details, including the location of their houses, which were forwarded to the Department.

An SSD spokeswoman said the agency tentatively hoped to finish attending to its Taman Victory-Towering Industrial Centre pump house by the first half of the year.

“We intend to deal with any irregularities involving the power supply later this month and aim to repair the mechanisms inside in June,” she said.

The Department’s tanker in the process of being used to desludge the sewer line around Oriental Park.

She said this was part of the Department’s long term strategy to ease the sewerage woes which some of those living and working around the pump house had been experiencing since February.

“At first, we tried having the sewage pumped out of the pipes servicing Oriental Park. 

“Yet, no matter how many trips our desludging tanker made, the effluent levels did not fall. Instead these fluids just kept rising till they overflowed from the manholes around the neighbourhood.”

She the tanker had been out of commission since mid-April when it broke down.

“It has been at the workshop and only just been deemed roadworthy again.”

When asked how many tankers the SSD had, the spokeswoman said it only had one such vehicle at its disposal.

“This lone tanker is shared between our Kota Kinabalu, Putatan and Tuaran branches.” 

She said the Department would periodically have the pipes in Oriental Park desludged. 

“However, the tanker cannot possibly contain all the sewage released in the neighbourhood at one go.” 

“It generally takes several trips to pump out the contents from all the manholes but the sewer line will be full again within a matter of days.”

The spokeswoman said the agency intended to have a mini camera sent through the neighbourhood’s sewerage, in the short term, to capture closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the condition of the pipes.

The level of effluent in the manholes in Oriental Park has been high for months.

“This may give us a better understanding why the sewage levels are not receding. 

“On top of this, we also want to perform ‘high-pressure jetting’ to flush out any blockages in the pipes.”

Where Taman Suria Kobusak Phase 1 was concerned, the spokeswoman said the SSD was arranging to have the sewage treatment plant (STP) for the neighbourhood refurbished.

“We have tentatively targeted to do this by July as the wiring and some components for the control panel inside the STP were recently vandalised,” she said.

She said several members of the public in this part of Penampang had contacted the Department about the overflowing manholes in Taman Suria all the way back in March.

“Our personnel discovered that the pump servicing the housing area was inoperative at that stage.

“We had the device repaired and reinstalled in our pump house in the first week of April.”

She said two days later the agency discovered that vandals had damaged the control panel for the STP.

“Our staff had been checking to see if the pump was functioning as it should when this came to light.

“A policeman later came to inspect the damage. He was accompanied by one of our officers.”

The spokeswoman said a police report was subsequently lodged about the vandalised amenities.

“We also contacted Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd about the damaged power cable connected to the STP.

“Once a temporary cable had been put in place, our technicians came in to perform some wiring work so that the pump could run.”

She said the device had been operational since the middle of last month. 

“The Department’s personnel has been keeping an eye on the pump from time to time to ensure that it is working as it should.”

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