Recycled water for plants

Cost-saving effort: Council of Regency Kedah chairman Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (middle) checking out plants grown using treated sewerage water and biodisel materials. With her are (from left) Abdul Kadir, state Secretary Datuk Paduka Mohd Puat Mohd Ali, state exco member Badrol Hisham Hashim, Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry deputy secretary-general (Green Technology and Water) Datuk Nor'aini Abd Wahab and Mat Noh.

TO conserve water and the environment, the Alor Setar City Council will use treated sewerage water and biosolid materials to water the decorative plants around the city.

They have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) to source the treated water and biosolid materials for the purpose.

In the memorandum, the council will be able to source 35 mega litres of treated sewerage water per day and 50 tonnes of biosolid materials per month from IWK without any charge for a trial period of six months.

Mayor Datuk Mat Noh Ahmad said by using the materials, the council might be able to replace the usage of fertilisers for the plants.

“Usually, we also draw water from rivers to water the plants,” he told a press conference at a hotel in Alor Setar recently.

He said that if the plants reacted well to the treated water, which had more nutrients in it, the council would consider making the move permanent.

“For now, we are spending around RM60,000 a year to buy fertilisers and hopefully, if this works out, we can cut out the cost completely.”

IWK CEO Datuk Abdul Kadir Mohd Din said this was one of the consortium’s initiatives in promoting a green campaign.

“Rather than letting the treated water flow back into the river and sea, we can use it to water the decorative plants,” he said.

Abdul Kadir said the consortium hoped to attract other local authorities to follow suit.

“We are the first city council in Malaysia to take up this plan and we are in talks with several other local government authorities as well.

“We are prepared to listen to any agency, be it local or private. We have no problems in providing the materials as long as they can prepare the logistics to transport the treated sewerage water and biosolid materials.”

He said that after the six-month trial period, the consortium might charge a minimal fee, depending on discussions, for the cost of the materials.

“It will definitely be less than what the council is paying right now for the fertilisers.”

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