Technology could be solution to Melaka’s water woes


  • Nation
  • Friday, 31 Jan 2020

MELAKA: The state is mulling over the idea of recycling wastewater to improve efficiency in its effort to address water woes in the state, says Khoo Poay Tiong.

The Melaka Smart City Council chairman said they are also looking into desalination methods.

He also said freshwater in the form of

rain and groundwater resources could be channelled to reservoirs using the latest technology.

“We can conserve resources in specially designed bunds and reservoirs. It is a game-changing solution and I am working with experts to implement the ideas.

“We hope to come up with an affirmative water action plan by next year to avoid any rationing in the future, ” he said yesterday.

Khoo, who is also Kota Melaka MP, said that water scarcity in the state was exacerbated by rapid development and a growing urban population as well as climate change.

“We are looking into technology to address the depleting water resources in the state.

“Water shortage has a profound impact on the economic development of the state.

“I have invited universities and technical experts to introduce new technologies apart from harnessing water through artesian tubes.”

Chief Minister Adly Zahari said the state is making strides in ensuring the water rationing exercise, which started on Wednesday, would be temporary.

He said the state is confident of resolving the issue soon with various measures including transferring and pumping water from Sungai Gersik in Johor and Melaka’s Tasik Biru in Chinchin, Jasin, into the Durian Tunggal dam.

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