RM7 bil sought for Kelantan to improve water, sewage systems

Funds are needed for Kelantan to replace pipes that are more than 40 years old to reduce non-revenue water.

KOTA BHARU: The environment and water ministry will seek an allocation of RM7 billion under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) from the federal government to resolve water issues in Kelantan.

Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the construction of four new dams will also help in flood mitigation. Funds are also needed to replace pipes which are more than 40 years old, to reduce non-revenue water, and to upgrade treatment plants and have integrated sewage projects.

“The decision was made after taking into consideration the increasing population and solve the water supply problems in Kelantan for the next 30 to 40 years.

“By 2030, we are confident 95% of the water supply problems in the state would be resolved,” he said after a meeting with Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob at the Kota Darul Naim Complex here today.

Also present were the state Public Works, Infrastructure, Transportation and Utilities Committee chairman Azami Mohd Nor and ministry secretary-general Zaini Ujang.

Tuan Ibrahim said resolving the water crisis holistically would also involve addressing river and surface water sources in Kelantan.

In this regard, he said the meeting also discussed the proposal to overcome sea water seepage into solid water landfills to prevent pollution to the underground and river water systems as well as sewage management.

He also announced that Kelantan will be hosting the national level National Environment Day in October for the first time.

Ahmad thanked the ministry and the federal government for being very concerned about Kelantan in efforts to improve the standard of living of the people in the state.

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