Alternative water resources cannot provide supply all year round, says minister

Posted on July 28, 2010. Filed under: Water resource |

-The Star- PUTRAJAYA: The water dispute between the Federal authorities and Selangor continues with Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin firing another salvo at the state government over its insistence to use alternative water resources, like lakes and underground water.

“It does not make sense because they are not sustainable and cannot provide supply all year round.

“Lakes and underground sources take time to build their water volume and, therefore, might not be able to quickly replace the amount syphoned out to water treatment plants,” Chin said yesterday.

He was speaking at a press conference after unveiling the new logo for Malaysia Green Technology Corpo­ration (GreenTech Malaysia), an organisation entrusted to manage the green technology financing scheme (GFTS).

The Federal and Selangor governments had been at loggerheads over the water issue for months, with Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ib­­rahim refuting Federal claims that his administration was delaying the construction of a vital water treatment plant.

The Selangor Government is alleged to be delaying approval for 15 remaining lots of land needed for the construction of the RM5bil Langat 2 water treatment plant.

The project is expected to pump 1,890mil litres of raw water from Sungai Semantan in Pahang to the Hulu Langat water treatment facility in Selangor daily via a 44.6km long tunnel.

Chin said a consistent and easily replenished supply for raw water was needed to ensure that consumers did not face inconveniences.

On the GTFS, Chin said the RM1.5bil initial allocation for the fund was adequate for now, even though the 33 successful applicants so far would take up loans amounting to about RM1bil.

He said, however, with the overwhelming response received for the scheme, they would need to increase the sum once the small and medium enterprises and industries also start to apply for such loans.

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