Sabah may face critical water shortage by year-end, says minister

KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans have been warned to be prepared and find ways to stock up water as the state may face a critical water shortage towards the end of the year.

State Industrial Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony said the water level in dams and treatment plants was falling due to the hot weather and minimal rainfall.

However, he said the situation has not reached a critical stage yet.

“But we have to get ready as according to the Meteorological Department, this weather is expected to persist until December,” Anthony said.

“We have taken steps to tackle water shortage problems in five districts – Pulau Banggi, Pitas, Kuala Penyu, Beaufort and Menumbok,” he said.

He said among the initiatives taken were to help send water supply to affected areas.

“Other areas that are facing similar problems can contact the state Water Department hotline at 088-326888 for assistance,” Anthony said.

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