KUCHING: Ecological sanitation facilities are likely to be implemented in new residential developments here to check river pollution and enhance environmental quality.
State Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Michael Manyin said a study found it would be affordable to install such facilities.
A pilot project carried out at Hui Seng Garden here three years ago has produced excellent results, he said at the launch of a book here on Wednesday.
Manyin said the ecological sanitation facilities were suggested as an alternative to the centralised sewage system, which was very expensive as it could cost billions of ringgit.
“The Sarawak government and the Danish International Development Assistance (Danida) Urban Environmental Management System (UEMS) Project have prepared a framework plan for ecological sanitation in Kuching under a RM1mil government grant.”
He said his ministry was preparing a proposal on how to proceed with the implementation of such facilities for the consideration of the state Cabinet.
If the Cabinet gives its nod, Manyin said the ministry would hold discussions with architects, developers and contractors on the matter.
Manyin said the Danida UEMS Project and the Kuching City North Commission were working together to install properly-sized oil and grease traps at food outlets to prevent the discharge of waste from flowing into rivers.