In Sarikei, when you used a plastic container to scoop water out of your pail for your daily bath, had you pondered where the water came from? When you mixed water with your Sun Valley orange cordial, where did you think the H2O came from?
Sarikei's precious water is sourced from the Sarikei River and the Gerugu River (at Bayong). The Gergu dam was completed in 2008 at a contract value of RM67M. The water is fed into the Bayong water treatment plant before it reaches the taps in Sarikei, Belawai and Tanjung Manis.
The Gerugu dam is a very important water catchment for both the Sarikei divison and the Mukah division. In the August 2009 drought, if not for this dam, the taps in Sarikei would have dried up completely because the Sarikei and Gerugu Rivers had been reduced to a trickle.
Fortunately the Gerugu Dam project was designed to increase the water capacity from 33 million litres per day (MLD) to 140 MLD and this saved enough water for the denizens to run their daily chores and have their daily cup of kopi.
Where exactly is this dam? Where is Bayong? If you drive out of Sarikei on the pan-Borneo "highway" towards Sebangkoi, take the Bayong exit on the left. The dam is at the tail end of this side road.