Labuan Taps Run Dry After Pipeline Burst; Water Department ‘Doing Tie-In’

department would channel water supply to all villages, residential areas and provide static water tanks in worst-affected areas, surau and community halls in villages.
Labuan Water Department to channel water supply to all villages, residential areas and provide static water tanks in worst-affected areas, surau and community halls in villages.

LABUAN – More than 90,000 households on the island here will be without water supply for five days beginning Thursday due to a technical glitch.

Labuan Water Department (JBA) director Alvin Michael Lo said the temporary water disruption was caused by a burst main pipeline at Pulau Enoe and major repair works were being carried out.

“The main pumping lines with a diameter of 800mm at Pulau Enoe burst and affected water supply to the two service tanks at Pohon Batu (which are for consumers in 10 villages) and our technicians are doing the ‘tie-in’ to fix the burst pipe.

“As such, during the 12-hour daily repair works, the entire island will face water disruption,” he was quoted as saying at a press conference here Wednesday according to a Bernama report.

He said to minimise the inconvenience to consumers, his department would channel water supply to all villages, residential areas and provide static water tanks in worst-affected areas, surau and community halls in villages.

Giving a helping hand will be the Labuan Fire and Rescue Department, Labuan Corporation, and Labuan Parliamentary Constituency Community Service Office

“Water tankers continue to be mobilised for emergency water supplies to consumers who still do not have water supply. Restoring customers’ supply has been our first priority,” he said.

At least 10 villages, more than 2,000 students at the Labuan Matriculation College (LMC), a number of buildings and offices have been affected by the disrupted water supply since the middle of December last year.

Lo reminded consumers to store water in advance and those needing assistance could call JBA careline at 1-300-22-0028 or go to its website for further updates.