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November 02, 2010

Bengoh Dam Ready For Impoundment

KUCHING, Nov 2 (Bernama) -- The Bengoh Dam, which has a reservoir area of 10.21sq km and situated about 40km south of Kuching city, is ready for impoundment, Sarawak Public Utilities Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said Tuesday.

However, he said, the state government was still waiting for all the 200 families from four affected villages to be resettled elsewhere to enable the impoundment to start.

"This project is a water supply regulating dam to provide raw water to Batu Kitang water treatment plant here and will be operational by early 2012," he told reporters after representing Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at the opening of the "Water Safety Conference 2010" here.

It was estimated that the combined safe yield of Bengoh Dam and Sungai Sarawak Kiri system was 2,047 litres per day (MLD), which would be sufficient to meet the water demand of Kuching city and its surrounding areas up to 2030, he said.

The dam is a 63.2-metre high and 267-metre long roller compacted concrete (RCC) reservoir.

Awang Tengah said the Sarawak government was serious in bringing betterment to the state water sector and advancements, specifically in the field of managing drinking water supply.

The government through the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) hopes to accelerate the supply of clean water to 90 percent of the population by 2012 from about 80 percent at present, he said.

"I am also happy to share that a number of our water supply authorities in Sarawak have embarked on electro chlorination systems at the plants," he said, adding that it helped reduce the possible hazards posed by chlorine gas leakage.

He said continuous surveillance on water quality was being carried out by the respective water supply authorities and Health Department besides being monitored by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water at the federal level and his ministry at state level.

The state government with assistance from the federal government had also embarked on a mammoth project to construct the centralized sewerage collection and treatment system in Kuching and Bintulu as well as sludge treatment plants in Miri and Sibu, which would be extended to other areas in due course, he said.

-- BERNAMA

 

 

  
 
 
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