Wednesday June 27, 2012
Dry spell causes 35 schools acute water shortage
KUCHING: Thirty-five schools in this division are facing water shortage due to the current dry spell.
Kuching Resident Abdul Rahman Sebli Senusi said most of the badly hit areas were in Padawan, Bau, Kampung Salak, Sibu Laut and here due to their hilly geographical factor.
“Two of the schools, SMK Simpang Kuda in Bau and SMK Siburan are facing low water pressure and they have applied for water supply to be sent to them through the Public Works Department (JKR),” he told a press conference after chairing a meeting with JKR, Kuching District Office, Social and Welfare Department, Education Department and Department of Environment here yesterday.
At the same time, he said 20 villages had also asked for water supply, adding that the affected villages relied on the rainwater harvesting method for their daily water consumption.
“All water supply had been delivered promptly,” he added.
The total of water delivered, he said, was 95,470 gallons, with Kuching division taking up 45,000 gallons, Bau with 36,120 gallons and Lundu 14,350 gallons.
Abdul Rahman said services from the Marine Department would be sought to deliver water supply to areas which could not be accessed by roads.
He added that JKR would respond immediately to water supply requests without having to report to the Kuching Resident’s Office for further instructions.
He also urged the people to stop open burning during the dry season to reduce the risk of fires.