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Ministry sets RM4.5 bln for 484 projects to boost water sustainability

PUTRAJAYA, June 13 — The Energy Transition and Water Transformation Ministry (Petra) has earmarked RM4.59 billion for development to implement 484 projects to advance the sustainability of Malaysia’s water sector.

In a statement today, Petra affirmed its commitment to executing approved projects to achieve a sustainable water industry.

“This will serve as a dynamic catalyst contributing to the gross domestic product and ensuring quality water supply to the people,” the ministry said.

Key projects include the construction of regional sewage treatment plants (LRK) at Serantau and Mak Mandin, alongside the establishment of sewerage pipeline networks in Penang’s Butterworth North catchment area.

Flood mitigation plans (RTBs) encompass Phase 3 Package 1 of the Sungai Muar basin in Segamat and RTB Phase 1 Package 1 of Sungai Johor in Kota Tinggi, Johor; and dual-purpose retention ponds for flood control and raw water supply from Sungai Klang.

Petra also said upgrading the Penang LRK is necessary as the existing sewage treatment plant has a capacity of 62,286 population equivalent (PE), which cannot accommodate the current LRK of 135,646 PE, with an excess of 214 per cent.

“The LRK upgrade is essential to prevent untreated sewage overflow and reduce local resident complaints, and will benefit approximately 250,000 residents with centralised sewerage services for the Seberang Perai Utara catchment community until 2050,” Petra said.

Meanwhile, it said the RTBs in Segamat, Kota Tinggi and Klang are crucial to reduce flooding in those river basins, ensuring safety, minimising property damage and protecting public infrastructure.

— Bernama

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