ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor water operator Ranhill SAJ Sdn Bhd (Ranhill SAJ) is exploring underground water sources at several districts in the state which could potentially be alternatives to existing water plants.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said that Ranhil SAJ has been exploring underground water in the Johor Baru, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Pontian, Batu Pahat and Muar districts.
“However, it is still in the exploration and research phase that is expected to be completed by the beginning of next year.
“If the research conducted by Ranhill SAJ shows that there is an abundance of underground water sources, the state government could use this as an alternative to existing water plants that are running low during the hot and dry season, ” he said.
He added that the Mineral and Geoscience Department (JMG) is also currently conducting six projects to explore underground water sources near water treatment plants to increase their capacity of raw water.
“The projects are being conducted with allocations under the Federal Government and are expected to be completed by the end of this year, ” he said during the state assembly seating here in Bangunan Sultan Ismail at Kota Iskandar on Monday (Nov 30).
He said this in reply to a question by Datuk Syed Sis A. Rahman (BN-Tanjung Surat) on whether the state government plans to look into exploring underground water sources in the future.
Hasni said that based on Ranhill SAJ’s records, the demand for treated water has increased by 20.48% between the year 2016 to 2019 while the production of treated water has increased by 18.39% during the same period.
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