By Sheeda Fathil
KUALA SELANGOR, May 14 — The Selangor’s Raw Water Security Scheme (SJAM), developed to address the water supply issues in the state, is expected to be completed in October, said Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
The Menteri Besar is confident that the RM300 million project would reduce the risk of pollution of the raw water sources along Sungai Selangor.
He said that the project, which consists of four phases, would also ensure that there would be sufficient water supply should the state face a dry season.
“Based on the report we received from the Selangor Water Management Board (Luas), the dams in Selangor could sustain for about four to six months if the state faces extreme hot weather or the El Nino phenomenon.
“Apart from (the dams), other measures taken is to increase and maintain raw water reserves through the SJAM project,” he said when delivering his speech at the Jelajah Kita Selangor Aidilfitri (JKSA) programme for the Kuala Selangor district at Padang Awam Bukit Badong, here, last night.
Amirudin said that the Sungai Selangor Phase 1 (SSP1), Phase 2 (SSP2) and Phase 3 (SSP3) water treatment plants (WTPs) located in Bukit Badong often faces pollution.
“Once SJAM completes in October, the three WTPs would still be able to remain operating if faced with pollution,” he added.
The 2023 Selangor Budget has allocated RM332 million for the SJAM project, which includes RM100 million to ensure the ongoing operations of the WTPs in the event of pollution.
The scheme also includes several other strategic measures, including the amendment of the Luas Enactment and the surveillance of river basins by the Luas Rapid Squad (Skuad Pantas).