RM174mil allocated for pipe replacement works

OPTIONAL PIX: Ir Izham Hashim said as of October, the non-revenue water recorded for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya was 28.5%. Filepix /fotoBERNAMA

Selangor government has allocated RM174mil for next year as part of the state’s pipe replacement programme, which aims to improve the quality of water supply services in the state.

Selangor infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim said that the cost would comprise the design, site management and construction for the pipe replacement works.

“Between 2017 and 2019, the state allocated RM248.7mil to Air Selangor to carry out the works.

“As of October, the non-revenue water (NRW) recorded for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya was 28.5% and we expect to have this figure down to 28% by the end of this year.

“In comparison, the national NRW figure last year was 36.4%,” he said in response to a question by Lee Kee Hiong (PH-Kuala Kubu Baru).

Izham said they hoped to achieve a minimum 1% reduction in NRW each year, with a target of 25% by 2025.

During the tabling of the state budget last week, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said pipe replacement works estimated to involve 6,000km would be carried out.On protecting Selangor’s rivers from contamination, Amirudin said the state used the “polluters pay principle’” (PPP) where those found to have caused the contamination would be forced to pay the price.

To address flooding in the state, Amirudin said they proposed to allocate RM9.25mil for flood mitigation projects at Sungai Langat, Sungai Klang and Sungai Selangor river basins.

He said this would be done together with Federal allocation to resolve flooding holistically.

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