Water Dept Urged To Provide Water Tankers When Disruptions Occur

Repair works being carried out following the appearance of a sinkhole along Jalan Tuaran due to damaged underground water pipes.

KOTA KINABALU: A more proactive approach by the relevant authorities is needed to cope with the problem of ‘no water supply’ while rectification works are in progress.

Junz Wong, the Likas Assemblyman, said whenever there is a scheduled water cut for whatever reason, the Water Department should be prepared to deliver water by tankers to the affected areas.

The sinkhole that appeared along Jalan Tuaran on Wednesday night.

Junz, who is also Parti Warisan Sabah vice president, said this was told to him by many residents affected by scheduled water disruptions, that a water tanker placed at a convenient location, could help ease the burdens of those affected.

He said he hoped those in the Water Department would heed the pleas of the people.

And this was what Junz had to say: “Please consider that not every family has transport to collect water from the waterworks, or friends or relatives, or a car good to get enough water to cater for big family.

“Water tankers, or a large tank located conveniently so that the residents could get their water supply for the day or two, would be a big help, just like what Sabah Electricity does with its mobile gen sets whenever there is a power shutdown.”

According to Junz, on Thursday morning he was informed that several places in his constituency were affected by a water disruption.

The affected areas he was told, was the flats for SMK Likas teachers, around Taman Likas area and Sekolah Menengah Perempuan Likas, behind Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sabah. Even the Sabah Cheshire Home experienced some trying times.

Junz Wong pointing to a 16-inch pipeline that was damaged, leaking water underground that eventually caused a sinkhole. Repair works may take up to two days if the weather is good.

He said the problem would be compounded if the disruption went on for more than a day as most families did not have large containers to store water for more than 24 hours.

A sinkhole along Jalan Tuaran on Wednesday night caused by broken water pipes also disrupted water supply to at least 10 housing estates in the vicinity; Taman Likas, Taman Antarabangsa, Taman Tuaran, Taman Majukota, Taman Yakin Jaya, Taman Orchid, Jalan Damai Luyang, Mile 3 ½, Taman Likas Valley, Dah Yeh Villa, Taman Keramat , Taman Persekutuan and Sunny Garden.

Junz expressed his appreciation to Willis Ansoi, the Water Department director who was on site to observe as well as supervise repair works.

He said Willis had agreed that Water Tankers from the Department would be on standby if the repair works takes more than two days to complete.