Khalid at the state assemly meeting in Shah Alam.
SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has once again defended the state water rationing exercise, saying that the two days on and two days off of water supply was the best method in addressing the water problems.
Khalid said on Wednesday the decision to come up with such an exercise was decided upon by a group of experts from the water industry, including State Secretary Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi.
"The rationing exercise has, in fact, put an ease in the water problems currently faced in districts and areas that have not received water supply for weeks earlier," he told the House in response to a question from Hasnul Baharuddin (Morib-PAS).
Following this, Shamsuddin Lias (BN-Sungai Burong), in a supplementary question, asked Khalid if the state would still be facing a water shortage should the state government agreed with the Federal Government for the construction of Langat 2 water treatment plant in 2009.
To which, Khalid said it was nevertheless deemed to happen, adding that the construction of the Langat 2 plant would take, at least, three years to complete.
"That is why the state launched Horas (Hybrid Off River Augmentation System) to serve as a short term solution," he said, adding that the project when completed, in three years time, can supply up to 600mld of raw water.
Later at a press conference, Shamsuddin said the state government was to be blamed for the current water shortage.
"If the state government had agreed to the Langat 2 in 2009, the people will not be suffering today," he said.