Khalid: River clean-up will give us more water

FOUR private companies have been shortlisted from 36 companies that submitted proposals for the Klang River cleaning project.

The four are DPZ Asia Sdn Bhd, GJA Engineering and Construction Sdn Bhd, TSS Mako Engineering Sdn Bhd and Wessex Water Consortium Sdn Bhd.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim told the state assembly that seven companies were called in for interviews before the four were picked to carry out the river cleaning project.

“TSS Mako is a Korean-based consortium which has a branch in Malaysia and was involved in cleaning up the Seoul River in Korea while the other three are local companies,” Khalid said in his reply to a written question from Amirudin Shari (PR-Batu Caves)

He added that the four companies had experience related to water treatment and riverbank development projects and would become members of the Klang River Project Public/Private Partnership Task Force.

“These companies will be working together with the task force to establish their roles in the Klang River cleaning and development programme.

“The programme will also cover ways to extract water from the river to be used as drinking water,” he said, adding that research had shown that about 10% of the river water could be used for drinking.

Besides ensuring continuous source of water, Khalid said the state was determined to keep the cost of water supply as low as possible.

Khalid said the state was not prepared to pay RM4bil to purchase raw water from Pahang.

“We have to look into ways to find the water source from within the state so that the people of Selangor can enjoy water supply without having to pay hefty bills,” he added.

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