By Siti Rohaizah Zainal
KUALA LANGAT, May 30 — Selangor aims to have a sufficient water reserve margin with a total capacity of 8,765 million litres per day (MLD) by 2030, says Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
The Menteri Besar said the Sungai Rasau water treatment plant (WTP), the Langat 2 WTP, and the Labohan Dagang WTP are part of the government’s efforts to ensure there is sufficient water supply to meet the needs of the people of Selangor and the Klang Valley.
“With the WTPs, we will have enough reserves to ensure constant water supply during pollution incidents and disruptions.
“The construction of all the WTPs will increase the capacity by 41.5 per cent by 2030, with a water production capacity of up to 8,765 MLD,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Rasau Water Supply Scheme in Kampung Seri Cheeding, Banting, here today.
Also present were Minister of Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, state executive councillor for infrastructure and public amenities Izham Hashim and the Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) acting chief executive officer Abas Abdullah.
Amirudin further explained that the first phase of the Labohan Dagang WTP project is now completed and operational, ensuring that Kuala Langat and parts of Sepang would not be affected should there be pollution in Sungai Selangor.
“The construction of the Sungai Rasau WTP does not stand alone because, at the same time, we will commence the second phase of the Labohan Dagang WTP. With these efforts, Kuala Langat will not be affected like before when pollution incidents occur.
“The second phase (Labohan Dagang WTP) will add a capacity of 200 MLD with an estimated cost of RM480 million and is expected to be completed by 2029,” he said.
Meanwhile, Amirudin said that the Sungai Rasau WTP is the largest and most advanced plant in Southeast Asia, with the ability to produce a clean water supply of 1,400 MLD.
He said the long-term project aims to increase the water reserve margin, especially for users in the Klang, Petaling, and Kuala Langat regions.
“The first phase costs RM3.42 billion, and RM2.12 billion for the second phase. The high cost not only covers the construction process and the use of the latest methods like ozone technology but also land acquisition that requires a lot of expenditure,” he said.
Amirudin also said the Rasau Water Supply Scheme is an additional initiative to ensure constant water supply in Selangor, the Klang Valley and Putrajaya that will benefit some eight million residents.
“The construction of this latest water treatment plant is a significant milestone in the operation and management of Air Selangor.
“This is also the state government’s effort to ensure the sustainability of water supply to the state and the country,” he said.
Located in Kampung Seri Cheeding, the first phase of the Rasau Water Supply Scheme, expected to be completed in 2025, is capable of producing 700 MLD of water.
Meanwhile, the second phase of the project, expected to be completed by 2030, aims to increase clean water production to 1,400 MLD.
The project includes the use of nine former tin mining ponds covering an area of 489 hectares, for which the Federal government has channelled an allocation of RM1.18 billion.