Sarawak Kolok Mee bringing you the latest spice of what's happening in Sarawak DUN Sitting today. These few days will be concluding sessions of various ministers' answers for questions which ADUNs presented last week. Sarawak Kolok Mee will published first hand replies from the ministers' before the newspaper does tomorrow.
YB Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah bin Ali Hassan
Minister of Resource Planning and Environment (II)
Minister of Public Utilities
Minister of Industrial Development
As quoted from Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah, the implementation of water supply projects to being treated and clean water supply to the rural population under the various Water Supply Development Programmes has been progressing. Patience is much needed to cover the whole vast are of Sarawak for water supply.
More and more of the rural population are provided with water supply. The effort of the Government to bring water supply to the remaining rural population is becoming more and more of a mammoth task and is highly challenging. This is due to the vast land area of Sarawak(Do you have any idea how big is Sarawak?? Google it).
Imagine the size of terrain, the geography, the connectivity and the remoteness of the settlements which are also vastly scattered and thinly populated. This will be too costly to provide treated water supply to the isolated settlements in the interior.
Hence, other forms of providing safe clean water supply to promote hygiene and improve public health are being implemented to alleviate hardship to the people until viable time to replace them with treated water supply.
NKRA PROGRAMME FOR RURAL WATER SUPPLY
Sarawak is allocated about RM1.73 billion to implement Projek Bekalan Air Luar Bandar (BALB) under the NKRA programme.
Out of 477 water supply projects, 393 projects had been completed. 47,628 households will be benefited while the remaining 84 projects will benefit a further 41,372 households; expected to complete by August 2013.
WATER SUPPLIES IN SCORE AREA
Under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), the water supply works for Phase 1 Stage 1 at Samalaju area had been successfully completed. This project supplies treated water to Samalaju Industrial Park and nearby kampungs.
New 80 million liters per day (MLD) water treatment plant and associated facilities is expected to be completed by April 2013 to meet increasing demands. The development of Sungai Similajau raw water source and another 80 MLD water treatment plant is in the pipeline to ensure adequate future supply.
The expansion of existing treatment capacity of Mukah water supply is much needed and to upgrade the systems to cater for the tremendous increase in water demand in that area.