Model of the proposed Bengoh dam targeted for completion in late 2010.

Sarawak plans to build a new dam in Batang Sadong, Samarahan Division, to meet the demand for clean water in the state by the year 2030.

State Public Utility Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said the demand for clean water supply in Kuching City and the surrounding areas was expected to rise to 2,000 million liters per day (MLD) by the year 2030.

He said raw water supply by the Kuching Water Board from the Sungai Sarawak Kiri now amounted to 460 MLD and its capacity would rise to 2,047 MLD with the completion of the Bengoh Dam in Padawan at the end of 2010.

“We plan to build another dam in Batang Sadong to cater to the demand for clean water supply in Serian and Simunjan (Samarahan Division),” he told reporters after handing over the cheque for land compensation for the Bengoh Dam Project and the Agricultural Site at Jalan Bau-Semadang in Padawan, near here Monday.

Awang Tengah, who is also the State Resource Planning and Management Minister II, said the need for clean water supply was rising, particularly during the drought season.