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Tawau water production drops by 50 per cent

Yusri (right) being briefed by Asabri on the water issue while Osman (centre) looks on.

22nd March, 2019


TAWAU: Water production capacity at the Utara Water Treatment Plant dropped 50% within a week from Mar 14 to 19, resulting in water rationing for some areas of the district.

The Utara Water Plant produced 40 million litres of water a day but decreased to 27.6 million litres on Mar 19, Tawau Water Department divisional engineer Asabri Robensen said when explaining the issue of water rationing in some areas of the district.

“Although the dry weather has passed, but if it doesn’t rain in areas where the rivers are located, then the water level will not increase,” he said.

We are aware of the water rationing issue faced by the residents and could only supply water through water tanks on lorry to the affected consumers, particularly those who are getting their water supply from the Utara Water Plant, said Asabri.

The areas affected are Apas, Taman Ranggu, Taman Perwira and Bandar Sri Indah, he added.

“One of the factors that caused the water crisis in some part of the district is due to the water supply demand being higher at 175 million litres per day compared to production of only 155 million litres per day,” said Asabri earlier.

The three existing water treatment plants in the district, namely Cinta Mata produces 90 million litres per day, Utara (maximum 50 million litres per day) and Balung (15 million litres per day), he continued.

Apart from the high water demand, the district is facing water theft at 60 per cent and also technical problems such as aging distribution pipelines, he added.

Asabri pointed out the water problem in the district could only be resolved if the Gudang Empat, Cinta Mata Water Dam project was completed.

“That is why we are asking elected representatives to bring this matter to the top level because this project is the key solution to the water problem in Tawau,” he said.

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