| Aziz Idris |
AGEING pipes and outdated water system were among the root cause for water disruption affecting a large number of community in Brunei-Muara District, especially at the National Housing Scheme (RPN) in Lambak Kanan, said Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar during the 15th Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting yesterday.
He said this in response to a query made by member of the LegCo and Penghulu of Mukim Berakas ‘B’ Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Ali bin Pengiran Maon regarding the ongoing water disruption issue.
The minister assured members of the public that the Public Works Department (JKR) remains committed to its plans to improve the water supply issue with various long-term and short term initiatives are continuously being taken.
Among them is the major refurbishment and upgrading works of the Stage 4 and Stage 5 Bukit Barun Water Treatment Plant which is in the process of implementation, and schedule to be completed by the end of 2019.
Other large scale assets improvement projects to be implemented under this National Development Plan (RKN11) include the construction of new water treatment plant, reservoirs and pipe replacement programmes for ageing pipes and outdate equipment.
“In the interim period, any shortcoming (such as pipe burst/breakages, faulty pumps) are repaired accordingly to minimise disruptions,” he said adding that a total of 900 pipe leakages reported every month.
The department is preparing to increase the tanker fleet to provide and improve tanker delivery service to the affected residents.
Another worrying caused for disruption of clean water supply at the affected areas was the drastic increase in the number vandalism and theft cases reported at water facilities lately.
The minister shared that 250 cases of vandalising fire hydrant were reported and urged the community leaders to help assist in spreading the awareness of protecting government property.
He also sought the cooperation of the general public to exercise prudent usage of water and to report to the Darussalam hotline 123 for any water related grievances. This will allow clean water to be supplied to all and also reduce interruptions of water supply.