Water, sewerage system boost for Sabah’s northern economic hub

Maximus-Ongkili-waterKOTA MARUDU: Efforts are underway to improve water supply and sewerage services to cater for the rapid pace of development taking place in Kota Marudu, to help the district prosper as the economic centre of northern Sabah.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Maximus Ongkili said the federal government had approved some RM48 million as a loan towards improving the district’s water supply infrastructure.

“A further RM24 million grant was allocated through the ministry to be spent on reducing non-revenue water (NRW), which is among the highest in Sabah at 78%,” the Kota Marudu MP said in a statement after chairing the Kota Marudu district action committee meeting here today.

Also present were Tandek assemblywoman Anita Baranting and Kota Marudu district officer Arnold Joibi. Ongkili and senior water department officers also visited the water treatment plant at Kampung Simpangan here.

“Daily water production capacity of both the Bandau and Simpangan treatment plants is 30MLD (millions of litres per day) while daily consumer demand is 27 MLD,” Ongkili said.

“A long-term solution of increasing the capacity of the Bandau treatment plant must be undertaken to meet the increasing demand.”

He also said about RM120 million would be spent in the next three years to expand the capacity of the Kota Marudu sewerage treatment plant from five PE (population equivalent) to 20 PE, sufficient to serve the district’s needs for the next two decades.

“These efforts are part of the required infrastructure to support the district’s growth as the economic centre of the north,” he said.

“This again proves that only Barisan Nasional (BN) can bring infrastructure development, not just in the urban areas but also the rural districts in Sabah.

“The opposition can only shout and criticise, but BN plans and actually implements projects which are meant to meet the people’s needs.”

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