MELAKA: Chief Minister Adly Zahari promises to reach a decision quickly on the RM300mil off-river storage (ORS) projects in the state.
He said the state government would review these projects to evaluate whether the locals could benefit, especially the Masjid Tanah folk, from clean water supply even during dry season.
“We will make a decision on ORS projects very soon,” he said.
ORS projects are in two locations – Chinchin in Jasin and Lubok Cina in Alor Gajah – to ensure uninterrupted clean water supply during the dry season and major floods during wet season.
Through the ORS project, clean water production by Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad (SAMB) was expected to increase to 890 million litres per day by 2020 from the current production rate of 580 million litres per day.
ORS projects aimed at looking into long-term solutions to ensure there is adequate water supply in Melaka and also reduce dependency on water resources purchased from Johor via Sungai Muar, thus reducing the cost of raw water and electricity by RM1.5mil per month.
It involves the construction of several ponds that would serve as mitigation to prevent flooding during the monsoon season and the water stored in the pond would be pumped out in the event of a drought.
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