The population of Kuching reached 500,000 in 2005. The rivers and streams in the City are severely polluted by the discharge of partially treated black water and untreated grey water.
Sungai Bintangor and Sungai Maong are two examples of severely polluted rivers. Sungai Sarawak, which is the showcase of our tourism precinct and venue for much of our state’s famous water sport events also shows signs of serious pollution. The degradation of our rivers has also had an adverse impact on marine life.
To counter this adverse effect to our eco-system, the State Government has embarked on a State-wide implementation of wastewater management system under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) through the establishment of the State Sewerage Services Department (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Pembentungan Sarawak) in April 2007. One of the major implementations undertaken by the State Sewerage Services Department is the Kuching Centralised Wastewater System, the biggest sewerage projects in the state under the 9MP.
The centralised sewerage system collects wastewater, consisting of black water and grey water from each individual property and conveys the wastewater, using the sewer network, to a centralised treatment plant. At the treatment plant, the wastewater undergoes a series of treatment until it meets with the Standard A for effluent discharge under the Environmental Quality Act. When it has reached that stage, it is then suitable to be discharged back to the environment.
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The implementation of this project is done in stages; starting from the most densely populated area and the Central Business District. Package 1 of the project covers 5 areas:
- Area A covers mainly the Chan Bee Kiew area and the Petanak area, as well as area surrounding Bangunan MBKS
- Area B covers the entire Padungan Road, Abell Road, Ban Hock Road and Central Road, parts of Tabuan Road and McDougall Road
- Area C covers Reservoir Park, areas along Tun Abang Haji Open Road, Haji Taha Road, Datuk Ajibah Abol Road, parts of Satok and Rubber Road
- Area D covers the vicinity of Tun Ahmad Zaidi Road, Green Road and Pisang Road
- Area E includes the entire Satok commercial area before the Satok Bridge