Gravity system may solve Tawau water woes for now

State Infrastructure Development Minister Peter Anthony (third from left) looking at the Cinta Mata water plan.

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is looking at the gravity water system as a temporary measure to counter the water shortage problem in the state’s Tawau east coast district.

Infrastructure Development Minister Peter Anthony said this was the best short-term measure to solve the problem, adding that there had been requests from residents for the implementation of such systems.

“We will look at this because the gravity water solution has been implemented in interior Tenom.

“The situation here now is that some families are unable to afford high water bills. So, we will discuss this at the ministry before we bring it to the Cabinet level,” the Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president said after visiting the Cinta Mata water plant in Tawau yesterday.

Meanwhile, Anthony said the ministry would review its high-cost projects to avoid incurring large debts.

“We will weigh the projects because they involve very large costs.

“Under this new government, we will need to take steps to lessen the debt burden of the state government because if this goes on, it will be unhealthy for Sabah,” he said.