Going green with effluent

Loo (right) presenting a souvenir to Ipoh Mayor Datuk Zamri Man as Ipoh City Council secretary Mohd Zakuan Zakaria (left) looks on during a townhall session on low-carbon emissions for local councils in the northern zone in Ipoh.

THE ENERGY, Green Technology and Water Ministry is looking at amending the Water Industry Services Act 2006 to allow the National Water Services Commission to carry out sewage effluent recycling.

The ministry’s Secretary General Datuk Loo Took Gee said by doing so, treated effluent could be recycled for the construction sector, which requires large amounts of water.

“Treated biowaste derived from sewage effluent can also be used as soil conditioner while biogas that is produced from similar sources can be used to generate power,” she said when opening a townhall session on low-carbon emissions for local councils in the northern zone.

Loo added that Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd has already been treating sewage effluent and biowaste free of charge through its Program 1 Negri 1 PBT initiative since 2012.

“I urge our local councils to work hand-in-hand with IWK on this initiative for the benefit of their ratepayers,” she said.

On the government’s pledge to reduce its carbon emission by 40% by 2020 and up to 45% by 2030, Loo said energy saving measures will be introduced at all government premises in stages.

“In line with the government’s concept of leading by example, we have to play our part by putting into practice energy-saving measures.

“Already, it has been made mandatory for all government buildings to set the air conditioning at nothing below 24°C as a cost-saving measure and to be more environment friendly.

“Next, we are coming up with an effort to change the lighting in all government buildings to light-emitting diodes (LED) although this has to be done in stages due to costs and the supply of LED bulbs in the market.

“So far, the Finance Ministry has allocated RM111mil under the 11th Malaysia Plan for 17 hospitals, 13 universities, 13 state government buildings and 23 ministry buildings to be retrofitted with energy-saving light bulbs,” she said.

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