S’gor govt told to im­prove wa­ter man­age­ment

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE Au­di­tor-Gen­eral has noted that the Se­lan­gor govern­ment should beef up its man­age­ment of wa­ter re­sources.

Tan Sri Am­brin Buang cited sev­eral in­stances where wa­ter treat­ment plants were shut down due to con­tam­i­na­tion of raw wa­ter re­sources as an ex­am­ple.

Over the last six months, sev­eral treat­ment plants were closed due to am­mo­nia con­tam­i­na­tion, earth­works and oil spills.

In an au­dit car­ried out be­tween Oc­to­ber 2015 and May 2016, Am­brin said works to mea­sure the flow rate of the main rivers were not car­ried out to de­ter­mine the avail­abil­ity of wa­ter at any given time.

“Ef­forts to add al­ter­na­tive wa­ter re­sources such as hy­brid off-river aug­men­ta­tion sys­tem (Ho­ras) ponds were only fo­cused within the Se­lan­gor river basin. This ini­tia­tive should be ex­tended to Klang and Lan­gat river basins,” he said in the re­port.

“The Se­lan­gor Wa­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (LUAS) was in­ef­fec­tive in con­duct­ing mon­i­tor­ing and pre­vent­ing fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of wa­ter re­sources as the in­ven­tory of pol­lu­tion was not main­tained.”

Am­brin rec­om­mended LUAS to be em­pow­ered as the lead agency to co­or­di­nate and man­age all de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties to con­trol the quan­tity and qual­ity of the wa­ter re­sources.

“Li­cens­ing and en­force­ment should be car­ried out us­ing Blue Ocean Strat­egy to pro­mote cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion in ser­vices and fos­ter co­op­er­a­tion of var­i­ous agen­cies and de­part­ments to max­imise the use of the ex­ist­ing re­sources.

“LUAS should also im­ple­ment pro­grammes to gazette wa­ter catch­ment ar­eas com­pre­hen­sively to en­sure water­shed pro­tec­tion.”

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