Hungary’s mobile units to expedite delivery of water safe for consumption during disasters

Knee-high flooding: Villagers using a banana trunk raft to get about in flooded Kampung Teluk Kepayang in Perak. — filepic

PERAK will use Hungary’s mobile water treatment units to resolve supply problems during disasters, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said.

He said based on the state’s experience during the floods last December, the mobile units could help expedite the delivery of water when supply was interrupted.

“The technology uses three stages of filtering to ensure that the water is treated accordingly and is safe for public consumption,” he said after visiting the Budapest Water Works sewerage plant facility in Hungary.

Dr Zambry added that the process could produce clean and high quality treated water.

“The Perak Water Board (LAP) and Budapest Water Works have also agreed to exchange ideas on water supply and water treatment in the near future,” he said.

During the floods last year, LAP had to use tankers to distribute treated and clean water to flood victims.

By using this new technology, the problem of supply could be solved faster as the unit could use water from surrounding areas as source.

Budapest Water Works chief executive officer Csaba Haranghy said the mobile unit could process five cubic meters of water per hour and could also be used to treat seawater.

“We prefer to use plastic bags rather than bottles as they are lighter and can be carried easily,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Zambry attended a briefing by the agency on water waste treatment and spent about an hour visiting its facilities.

Later in the afternoon, Dr Zambry attended a meeting with members of the Danube Commission (DC) based in Budapest. The commission was established in 1815 as a platform to manage the Danube River, which is 2,850km-long and runs through 10 countries including Hungary and Austria.

In the meeting, hosted by DC president Rade Drobac, both sides discussed ways to establish a greater cooperation.

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