TAWAU: The District Water Department will be assigning ten water tankers from Kota Kinabalu, Kunak and Beaufort to deliver water to areas experiencing water supply interruptions here.
Tawau member of parliament Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said the department would also send out its existing seven water tankers to distribute water.
Those who have their own water tanker may proceed directly to Tawau Water Department at Mile 1, Jalan Kuhara to take water, while those who need water can contact the department at 089-761 057 or Tawau parliamentary office at 089-764 685 for water delivery.
Consumers are advised to place their water tanks or barrels in front of their houses to facilitate water delivery to their homes as the water hose length might not be long enough to reach the tanks if placed behind their houses, which in turn will delay delivery to other consumers.
Yap hoped the affected consumers would be patient as the Water Department was in the process of meeting their needs.
On Monday, Sri Tanjong assemblyman Chan Foong Hin said Tawau should declare a state of emergency if the water crisis continued.
He said both water treatment plants in Tawau had low water levels at their intakes and had caused the water crisis to be prolonged for more than two weeks.
“The Tawau water crisis needs immediate action by the government, and a state of emergency should be declared for the district if the water crisis continues,” said Chan who named Bandar Sri Indah, Mah On San, Tinagat and Kao Sing among the places with no water supply since Chinese New Year.