Selangor govt launches campaign to conserve water

A group of children washing their hands together as a practice for water conservation at Bandar Baru Selayang, Selangor.

IN VIEW of the current heat wave, the Selangor state government has started a water conservation campaign called Jom Jimat Air as a safety measure.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the campaign was one of the state government’s contingency plans to ensure the people of Selangor had a seamless supply of clean water.

The objective of the campaign is also to create an awareness and instil a culture of conserving water, he added.

“The people of Selangor will not face water scarcity during this heat wave. The water supply in Selangor is more than sufficient for all residents.

“But at the same time, the people must not forget that water conservation is important to ensure the water supply in the state will be sustainable in the long run,” said Azmin in his speech when launching the campaign at the Julia Apartment compound in Bandar Baru Selayang.

In Selangor, the daily water usage is estimated at 235 litres per capita with the estimation of 400 million litres of water supply required daily to meet the needs of the people, he added.

Azmin also said the state government had provided 20 cubic metres of treated water for free monthly to every household.

“The people should not waste water just because it is given to them for free.

“This campaign will encourage the people to practise water conservation and avoid water wastage,” he added.

State Infrastructure and Public Facilities Committee chairman Zaidy Abdul Talib, who was also at the launch of the campaign, said in his speech that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended a daily water usage of 150 litres per capita.

“With the campaign, we hope to reduce usage to the recommended water usage by the end of the year,” he added.

Additionally, he said, the campaign was estimated to reduce the water usage by 30 million litres daily.

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