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The people of Kinarut only receive water at odd hours

Posted on: Thursday, December 02, 2021

By: Sidney Skinner

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Residents of Taman Tebobon fill their water cans from one of the department’s tankers.

CONSUMERS in a district of Kinarut were urged to obtain water tanks to overcome the difficulties caused by the irregular supply that the city has experienced for some time. A spokesperson for the Water Department said these receptacles should have a capacity of at least 200 galleons. “The tanks will allow them to store tap water when it becomes available in their respective areas,” he said.

He said it was better to put these receptacles closer to the front yard rather than the back. “Those with tanks behind might not be able to replenish their supply if our tankers have to deliver treated water to them. “There have been many instances where the vehicle hose was not long enough to reach the back yard.” The spokesperson explained that during the day some residents of Kinarut might find that their supply pressure was low or, worse yet, their taps were dry. “Once the offices and businesses are closed for the day, the pressure in these same premises improves.

Tankers have been sending treated water to various properties around the northern KK region for the past 3 weeks.

“This is because more consumers are drawing water from the tap during office hours, rather than at night, and our Kogopon treatment plant cannot meet the demand during the day.” He said the ministry was keeping an eye on the water situation to ensure a supply reached commercial and residential properties around the city. The spokesperson was responding to a consumer dissatisfaction in Kinarut over the intermittent tap water that residents of Taman Limauan were receiving. The owner said a supply was available at odd hours of the day and night on some days, while on other days only the sound of moving air could be heard when the taps in his house were turned on . He provided Hotline with his address, as well as the days he was recently without treated water. This information has been forwarded to the department. The spokesperson said agency staff visited Taman Limauan shortly after learning of the issue. They checked the state of the department’s facilities, including the pump and balancing tanks, serving the neighborhood, he said. “The device’s pump and control panel were found to be in good condition,” he said. “The water level in the Phase 1 tank was found to be 4.5 feet while it was 9 feet for the Phase 2 tank. Both were acceptable readings.”


He said those employees also took a look at the main distribution lines leading to the complainant’s water meter. “There was no airlock inside, but they found the strength of the supply to be weak. “We will try to adjust one of our valves to see if we can increase the water pressure.” ZAIN from Kinarut lamented the erratic supply in the neighborhood. He spoke about his lack of sleep because he sometimes had to stay awake until the early hours of the morning just to get water. “By 8 am, the taps were already dry. It makes it difficult for us to complete chores around the house, ”he said. “It is especially trying for those with babies because they have a lot to do with bathing and feeding.” Zain said he had encountered this problem “for months”. “Residents have repeatedly reported this problem to the Department, but so far the situation has not improved yet. Meanwhile, a Department tanker was dispatched to Taman Tebobon to deliver treated water to consumers in this part of Manggatal, who have been without a drop for three weeks. The spokesperson said the supply problems in the neighborhood stemmed from a damaged pump at the agency’s Telibong 1 processing plant. He explained that the device’s motor burned out during a power surge at the facility on November 11. in the wee hours of November 27. It will take a few days to compensate for the drop in production, ”he said. “We will periodically check the distribution lines leading to Taman Tebobon to make sure that tap water is being returned to those who stay here.” He said that the output of Telibong 1 was severely affected due to the technical issue.


The supply pressure in the pipes along this neighborhood residential road was found to be low.

Under normal circumstances, a total of 74 million liters of treated water is produced at the facility daily. With only three pumps operational since Nov. 12, the plant’s output has fallen 13%, he said. He said Telibong 1 has six water pumps, four for daily use and the rest on standby. “Periodic maintenance is performed monthly on these devices. But since the recent outage, the dealership has been monitoring the remaining pumps more closely to make sure they aren’t malfunctioning. He said plans were underway to replace the pumps, as existing devices were prone to malfunction due to wear and tear. “The pumps were first installed in the 1980s and many individual components have long since become obsolete. “We intend to upgrade them to newer models that run on a ‘VFN system’.” He said the agency’s dealership hoped to change two of the pumps by mid-December. “It will be the same for the rest by February of next year.” He said the “VFN system” would minimize the possibility of electrical surges any time one of the pumps was reinstalled after repairs were made.
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