No water shortage yet in Labuan despite dry spell

LABUAN (Bernama) – Labuan is not facing any water supply shortage as yet despite the current dry spell.

Labuan Water Department Director Alvin Michael Lo said yesterday the duty-free island had a water production capacity of 100 million litres per day (MLD) while the current demand from the more than 100,000 households and the industrial zones is 71 MLD.

The island’s water reserve is currently at 29 per cent, and water rationing for both domestic and commercial consumers is still not necessary, he said. However, he said, if the current dry spell persists and causes the Padas River level to drop to below 0.2 metre, it would affect the supply to the island.

“Labuan’s water plant in Lawa Gadong, Beaufort, on the mainland will be affected if the Padas River level declines drastically,” he told Bernama.

Labuan relies on water supply from the mainland, through a submarine pipeline channelled directly to its reservoirs in Pulau Enoe.