Underground Water Could be New Water Source for Malaysia

Underground Water Could be New Water Source for Malaysia

Underground water resources will be proposed as the new source for national water as its use so far is still low, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Saturday (Mar 25).

This was because underground water reserves totaled three trillion cubic metres, but its usage contributed to only 1.5 per cent to the country's overall consumption, he said.

"Our country has many water resources and receives 907 billion cubic metres of rainfall each year, which is something extraordinary, but we do not have enough water.

"It is impossible that a country with many water resources faces water shortage ... this means that we are weak in managing water. As chairman of the National Water Resources Council, I am affected if there are states, either in the Peninsula or Sabah and Sarawak facing water a shortage ... this is a big challenge," he said.

He was speaking at the launch of national-level celebrations for the World Water Day 2017 with the theme "waste water" at Dataran Teluk Kemang.

Tap water. Image: VOISHMEL/AFP
Tap water. Image: VOISHMEL/AFP


Commenting further, Ahmad Zahid said efficient management of water was the responsibility of all parties, both at the federal government and state government levels, in order to avoid water shortages.

He also outlined four main focus for sustainability of the national sewerage services industry.

The four focus areas are the modernisation of sewerage services through the application of new technologies which are environment-friendly and increasing coverage and accessibility in rural areas including major towns outside the Klang Valley.

Also given focus is the rationalisation of mini and uneconomical sewage treatment plants to reduce the pollution effects of affluent to the environment as well as "waste-to-wealth" commercialisation efforts.

Source : This is part of an article originally published in Channel News Asia.

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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