TREAT WASTE RE­SPON­SI­BLY,

‘In­dus­try play­ers must com­mit to pro­tect sources of clean wa­ter sup­ply’

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PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak has urged in­dus­try play­ers to treat all kinds of ef­flu­ent and in­dus­trial waste re­spon­si­bly to pro­tect clean wa­ter sup­ply in the coun­try.

Speak­ing at the launch of Pan­tai 2 Sewage Treat­ment Plant (S2STP) here yes­ter­day, he said Malaysia was blessed with 150 rivers, but more needed to be done to en­sure the nat­u­ral re­sources were pro­tected.

“Malaysia is blessed with plenty of wa­ter sup­ply sources, but we face shortage due to global cli­mate change and river pol­lu­tion.

“Com­mit­ment from all quar­ters is nec­es­sary to com­pletely treat all kinds of ef­flu­ent and in­dus­trial waste to pro­tect our sources of clean wa­ter sup­ply.

“The three main causes of river pol­lu­tion that were iden­ti­fied in­clude agri­cul­tural and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­trial waste, do­mes­tic waste and farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

In line with this, Na­jib said, un­der the Na­tional Sew­er­age Strate­gic Plan, the gov­ern­ment aimed to build 77 treat­ment plants by 2040, with an al­lo­ca­tion of RM52 bil­lion.

“A to­tal of 46 treat­ment plants were built na­tion­wide so far. But high-ca­pac­ity and mod­ern plants would not work at an op­ti­mum level, if there is low flow of waste.

“There­fore, I urge the pub­lic to fully sup­port pro­grammes that con­nect sew­er­age pipes from premises to the pub­lic sewage sys­tem un­der the Sew­er­age Ser­vices De­part­ment,” he added.

Na­jib said the gov­ern­ment cov­ered 90 per cent of P2STP’s real costs, in what he de­scribed as hid­den costs.

“The pub­lic is re­quired to pay RM2-8 per month, but monthly op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance costs amount to RM20.

“Over­all, the gov­ern­ment is pay­ing RM2.37 bil­lion to op­er­ate and main­tain the coun­try’s sew­er­age net­work,” he said, adding that In­dah Wa­ter Kon­sor­tium was in charge of man­ag­ing the plant and Pan­tai Eco Park.

Pre­sent were En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Max­imus Ongk­ili, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far, Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor and Lem­bah Pan­tai Umno di­vi­sion chief Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Span­ning 17ha, P2STP, which uses state-of-art green tech­nol­ogy, is the first un­der­ground sewage treat­ment plant in the coun­try and the largest of its kind in South­east Asia.

Of the area, the 12ha Pan­tai Eco Park con­tains pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a com­mu­nity hall, a jog­ging track, a foot­ball field and ten­nis, bas­ket­ball, sepak takraw and fut­sal courts. P2STP has the ca­pac­ity to cater to 1.8 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion equiv­a­lent within its catch­ment ar­eas up to 2035.

PIC BY YAZIT RAZALI

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak look­ing at the ‘Ef­flu­ent Re­use Fa­cil­ity’ wa­ter sam­ple af­ter launch­ing the Pan­tai 2 Sewage Treat­ment Plant and Pan­tai Eco Park yes­ter­day in Kuala Lumpur. Pre­sent are En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Max­imus Ongk­ili (left) and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far (fourth from left).

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