MALACCA: The state is set to operate its fourth dam when the RM190mil Jerneh dam in Taboh Naning, Alor Gajah is scheduled to be in operation by 2018.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the dam will be constructed on a 160-hectare site and able to process 32bil litres of water at full capacity.
He said the latest dam will complement the three dams here - Durian Tunggal Dam, Asahan and Jus dams in Jasin, to ensure steady supply with the anticipation of Malacca population expected to hit one million mark in 2020.
“Jerneh dam, fully uses green technology for its operating system through compacted processing cylinders and capable of coping up the demand of water in the state until 2030.
“Currently, the state needs 200mil litres of treated water for a population of about 850,000 and in four years time we expect to achieve a population of one million which demands for the need of more supplies of treated water,” he said after chairing the weekly state exco meeting at Seri Negeri on Wednesday.
Idris said the state is in the process of appointing consultants and communication officers to facilitate the project and also communicating with landowners for the project,” he said.
He said the communication officers are vital in the project as the state anticipates oppositions from environmentalists and village folks to surface when the project activates.
Besides the construction of the dam, Idris said the state government is also considering to seal a water supply agreement with Negeri Sembilan Government as another way to increase water supply for the state.
He said the state government was also working on a mechanism to minimise the acquirement of land and properties for the project purpose.
“For the original plan we have worked out a formula to minimise land acquisition and without affecting the nearby villages,” he added.