KOTA KINABALU: The state government is committed in meeting the increasing demand for clean water supply in Sabah for domestic consumption.
The demand is also influenced by the rising population and economic development in various industries, including agriculture.
Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman, said the trend is expected and the government is prepared in meeting the necessity for an adequate water supply.
“We have a high demand for clean water supply from the economic sector, as well as from Sabah populace, which was under a million in 1980s, and now boomed to 3.12 million in 2010.
“With the rising demand, usage for clean water supply has also rise increase from 863 million litre per day in 2005 to 994 million litre daily in 20100,” he said in his officiating text for the State Level International Water Day Conference, here today.
His speech text was delivered by his Deputy, who is also Sabah Minister of Infrastructure Development, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Also present at the event were the State Secretary, Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, and the state Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Jainab Ahmad.
Musa said, all related parties need to cooperate in setting up a more realistic plans and approach to ensure an effectient water management.
He also said that overall coverage for the basic facility in urban areas have reached 100 percent, and 75 percent for the interior, with eight percent are supplied with gravity-water facility.
Regarding on the conference, Musa hopes for its consensus is in line with the government’s policy in its long-term water supply management. – SayangSabah