RM18mil reservoir for Felda Chini to end water supply drought

Pahang menteri besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Pekan MP Najib Razak and Felda chairman Idris Jusoh on a visit to the Mentiga river today. (Facebook pic)

PEKAN: The water supply problem at Felda Chini here, that has dragged on for several years during droughts, is expected to be over with the construction of an RM18 million off river storage reservoir at the intake point of the Mentiga River.

Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the project, which is expected to start in September, would take about a year to complete with the tender process being implemented by the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) this month.

“Felda through FIC Integrated Property Management Sdn Bhd will undertake this project, which, when ready, will help provide long-term solutions to the water problem facing Chini’s 33,000 residents.

“The pool will also be expanded from its original planned water holding capacity of 11 days to 22 days considering the average drought period of 22 to 24 days,” he told a press conference after visiting the project site here today.

Also present were Felda chairman Idris Jusoh, Pekan MP Najib Razak and Pahang state secretary Sallehuddin Ishak.

Wan Rosdy said the reservoir would also serve as a pre-treatment facility to ensure residents in Felda Chini, Paloh Hinai, Kampung Mambang, Gumum and Padang Rumbia had better water quality.

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