Left: PMD officers take a closer look at a water pipe joint at one of Anjung Senja’s stalls. Right: The water pressure reaching the bulk meter for the central market was found to be acceptable.
UAE Department staff monitor premises between roundabouts near Wisma Sedco and Wisma Merdeka in the city, after a drop in water pressure recently left the food court and market center of Anjung Senja with an irregular supply. An agency spokesperson said this was partly due to a scheduled shutdown that took place at the time. “Once operations at the Moyog processing plant resumed, it took a few days for the pressure in our transmission lines to return to normal,” he said.
He said the high demand for water during the school holiday period – a week before the shutdown – was also impacting the strength of the supply reaching consumers in the state capital. Some consumers found their tap water reduced to a trickle, while others received no drops during those two weeks, he said. Apart from Anjung Senja and the market, he said the Department has received reports of water issues at Marina Court Condominiums, Segama area and Suria Mall.
A water service staff checks the supply to public toilets near the SAFMA building inside the market compound.
“Some ‘pressure management’ has been put in place to try and stabilize the supply along this part of Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens. “In addition to that, we are monitoring the situation to minimize tap water issues in the city.” The spokesperson was responding to comments about the difficulties faced by food operators in Anjung Senja and the Central Market in keeping their kitchens running properly, including keeping their utensils and cutlery clean. They also lamented the inability they and their customers experienced to use public toilets at their respective locations as water issues had seen these facilities closed for days at a time. The peddlers, in liaison with Hotline, specified the dates of these supply problems. This information has been forwarded to the Department and the Town Hall. Technicians from the former agency visited the two sites shortly after being contacted by the media, according to the spokesman. “They checked the condition of the distribution pipes connected to the water meters and released the airlocks inside,” he said. At the time of those inspections, he said, power was found to be reaching those devices, with “good” pressure.
In the case of the central market, department staff also confirmed that there was nothing wrong with the supply of public toilets near the headquarters of Sabah Fish Marketing Sdn Bhd (SAFMA), according to him. An audit revealed that the city center had 12 public toilets: eight of these were under the responsibility of the city hall’s Environmental Health Department (EHD), with two each separately managed by its property management department (PMD) and DBKK Holdings Sdn Bhd. DBKK Holdings is the agency’s wholly-owned trading and investment arm. A spokesperson for PMD, which looks after the Anjung Senja food court, said it had received reports of water problems there twice this month: on the 5th and September 12. PMD staff alerted the Water Department to the events in both cases, he said. “Requests were made for water to be delivered to the food court on these occasions and a water utility tanker came to do so a day later,” he said. . “One of our senior officers personally thanked the driver, who made the second trip, for helping to alleviate the problems at the stalls and public restrooms here.” The spokesman said this officer also visited some of the stalls to check the tap water pressure. A spokeswoman for the EHD, meanwhile, said public toilets in the Central Market had been closed, intermittently, for four consecutive days in the first week of September due to erratic supply reaching the building. The EHD is responsible for the maintenance of this equipment, as well as that near the SAFMA building. “The supply pressure was so great, at that time, that barely enough water was reaching the toilets in the central market,” she said. “Our toilet management division had extra tanks put in place to try and store whatever was draining. be collected.” She said division staff had even considered collecting rainwater to get by. Market supply problems were further exacerbated last week, when the This toilet broke down, she said. “The contractor, hired to take care of the fittings and related equipment for the toilets, set about repairing the fixture after this was discovered. “We told him requested that you redouble your efforts to check the pump and hoses connected to the toilets in the future to ensure this issue does not reoccur.” The spokeswoman said Division staff were conducting inspections q of all public toilets under the jurisdiction of the EHD. * Follow us on instagram and join our Telegram and or WhatsApp channel(s) for the latest news you don’t want to miss.
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