THE Selangor government is in the midst of changing old pipes in 84 different critical locations to improve the supply of water for Selangor folk.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said the areas were identified in 2016 with a total pipe length of 423km.
“Works are under way with an allocation of RM374.3mil. It is estimated to complete in stages by the end of next year,” Azmin added.
In the meantime, Air Selangor is still in the process of identifying other areas in need of pipe replacement after 2019.
At present, the total pipe length in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya is 28,448km as at 2017, out of which 6,285km are asbestos pipes in need of replacement in stages.
Azmin said this in response to a query by Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR – Kajang) on the water restructuring process as well as the old water pipe issue.
Meanwhile, Selangor Infrastructure Committee chairman Zaidy Talib said the state also planned to reduce Non-Revenue Water (NRW) rate to 28% by 2020 and 20% by 2035, from 31% in 2017.
He estimated the cost of reducing NRW at RM13.6bil for 30 years including the task of replacing old pipes.
To fund the NRW works, the state has suggested getting funds from the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (KeTTHA) through a grant, funds from the state as well as internal allocation from Air Selangor.