JOHOR BARU: Water consumption in Johor is expected to increase by 80% over the next 11 years, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin
He said this was based on the Johor Water Resource Study 2010-2060, which showed that the demand for water is set to increase from 1,507 million litres per day in 2010 to 3,257 million litres per day by 2028.
He did not reveal the figures for 2017.
Mohamed Khaled said that this made it imperative for the state government to sit down with all parties with the necessary expertise to find a solution.
“The state government has allocated about RM73.9mil for Johor’s water initiatives for this year alone, which reflects our commitment to addressing the matter,” he said during his opening speech before launching the Johor Water Leaders Forum here on Monday.
The two-day forum includes keynote addresses from speakers such as Singapore Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli Masagos Mohamad, and various water experts.
These include Malaysia Water Association president Datuk Abdul Kadir Mohd Din, Prof Mooyoung Han of Seoul National University Dr Kotaro Takemura of the Japan Water Forum, as well as former National Water Services Commission CEO Datuk Teo Yen Hua.