LABUAN: A quarter of the 596km-long water pipe to the island needs to be replaced or repaired, says the Labuan Water Division (BBAL).
Its boss, Trinil Indah Puspita, said work was underway to replace or repair these pipes, which are between 30 and 40 years old.
She said several water projects are being implemented and are expected to be completed in 2024.
“One of the ongoing projects is the Non-Revenue Water Reducing Program 1 for Labuan, which includes an allocation of RM9.3 million.
“The project started in April this year and is scheduled to be completed in April 2024.
“The scope of the work includes replacing pipes, water pressure management and finding pipe leaks,” she said at a recent briefing for Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli at the BBAL office here.
Trinil also announced that the government has approved eight projects since 2010 with allocations totaling RM395 million.
“Some of these projects are being delayed by circumstances such as underground pipe replacements being hampered by septic tanks,” she said, Bernama reported.
Meanwhile, Rozman appealed to the federal government to solve the long-standing water supply problem on the duty-free island.
“About 150km of aging distribution lines need to be replaced immediately as people can no longer endure the weekly disruption to the water supply.
“We were told that a lack of funding was causing delays in pipe replacements. We hope that the Ministry of Environment and Water will urgently look into this as Labuan is an international business and financial hub,” he added.