KOTA TINGGI: The RM649mil Semanggar water treatment plant in Jalan Kulai-Kota Tinggi will be operational in August and this marks the end of the states 43-year dependency on Singapore for treated water.
The plant can produce over 164 million litres of treated water each day and cater to over 1.5 million consumers in the Johor Baru, Pontian and Kota Tinggi districts.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the plant would save Johor RM6mil annually on purchase of treated water from Singapores Public Utilities Board.
He also said SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd and Southern Water Corp, the two water concessionaires in charge of the plant, had the technical expertise to distribute, treat and supply water.
We are fortunate to be blessed with an abundance of raw water resources, so why must we depend on others for treated water, he told reporters after closing the Puteri Umno election briefing here on Sunday.
Ghani said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was expected to open the plant during his official visit to Johor on Thursday.
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