ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government has outlined a master plan on water management to ensure that Johor will have a sufficient water supply in the long term.
Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said a study on water resources for Johor from 2010 until 2060 had been completed and its recommendations would be implemented next year.
The master plan would address issues on water-related problems, including finding new sources of water and overcoming supply disruptions, he told Dr Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai), who wanted to know the measures taken by the state government to address water problems, including efforts to overcome supply disruption in the Mersing and Kota Tinggi districts.
State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said Johor would explore new water resource possibilities to ensure sustainable water supply.
Among the options include exploring groundwater reserves and large scale rainwater harvesting, he said replying to a question from Hamimah Mansor (BN-Penawar).
Hasni said the Johor Water Regulatory Body (Bakaj) had early last month visited Fukuoka and Kumamoto prefectures in Japan to study the groundwater and desalination models there.
He said the 780,000 residents of Kumamoto city were supplied with groundwater, adding that the state authorities as well as experts from Japan would conduct an in-depth study on possibility of groundwater as a new water source for Johor.
Hasni said there was a need to explore alternative water sources in view of an increase in demand resulting from new developments and river pollution.
“We also urge the industry to be more innovative in managing their usage by investing in recycling technology,” he said.
He said Bakaj proposed the construction of four tube wells next year costing RM2mil in Mersing and Kota Tinggi, which constantly face water crisis.
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