24/04/2023 08:02 PM

KUCHING, April 24 (Bernama) -- Water supply authorities in Sarawak have activated their action plans to mitigate the impact of the dry season that is expected to prevail in the state until this August, State Utilities and Telecommunication Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi said today.

He said in addition to the action plans by the Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB), Kuching Water Board, Sibu Water Board and Laku Management Sdn Bhd, community leaders and consumers were advised to report immediately any low water pressure or water supply disruptions in their areas to these authorities.

He said water tankers are now on standby to be mobilised to areas without water supply if the dry weather persists.

“The matter is also now taken up under the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC),” he told reporters at his Aidilfitri open house here.

For the affected areas, water collection centres would be set up at strategic locations, and this information would be publicised and updated periodically, he said. 

Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad had been reported as saying recently that the nation should brace itself for more hazy days ahead as the weather would become hotter and drier in the coming months.