THE state has identified underground water as its alternative source to provide clean water for the people.
State Public Amenities, Infrastructure, Energy and Water Committee chairman Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharudin (BN-Sungai Manik) said the Perak Water Board (LAP) and the Minerals and Geoscience Department are in the process of identifying the areas that could be developed as water sources.
“This will be important, especially when facing water shortage at retention ponds or during a drought.
“Based on a hydro-geological map, Perak has lots of underground water reservoirs,” he said in reply to Mohd Zawawi Abu Hassan (PAS-Gunung Semanggol) during the question-and-answer session on Wednesday.
“The Minerals and Geoscience Department will conduct a study on these sources as they have the necessary expertise,” he said.
Zainol Fadzi also said that to ensure that there would be no water shortage during drought, the LAP has upgraded a water treatment plant at Gunung Semanggol, increasing its output capacity to 20 million litres daily for its first phase.
“In the second phase, we will upgrade it to 14 million litres daily.
“Under the Malaysia Plan 10, six water retention ponds have been built since 2011,” he said.
“Three more ponds are under construction, one project still being tendered and another still being planned,” he added.
To an additional question by Mohd Zawawi on whether the treatment plants in Gunung Semanggol have the means to filter waste as strong stench was emitting from the water, Zainol Fadzi said the LAP would look into the matter and take the necessary action.
He also said that the treatment plants there have the means to evaluate the water quality.