Max: KeTTHA To Spend Half Billion For NRW Programme Beginning 2017

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LABUAN: The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) will spend a whopping a half billion ringgit for the non-revenue water (NRW) programme in six states in the country beginning this year.

The programme, run for three years is to resolve the various NRW issues including the replacement of old pipes and water meters.

Dr Maximus Ongkili signing the plague to mark the official launching of the RM8.17 million Labuan Water Department building Friday. – Photo credit BERNAMA

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the states are Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang, Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan.

“We hope the program will be able to reduce the NRW problems being experienced by the six states, and old pipes replacement in Labuan will also be included in the NRW programme,” he said at a press conference after officiating the RM8.17 million new building of Labuan Water Department here Friday.

He also directed the Labuan Water Department to strictly monitor the water quality in-the-duty-free island here.

The directive was following the numerous complaints from the consumers over the ‘murky water’ received from the tap.

“The issue of murky water will be investigated thoroughly, whether it could be due to pipe leakages, lack of house water tank maintenance or something else,” he said.

Earlier, he said the number of water treatment plants in Labuan has increased to five now from two plants in 1984.

“The number of production increased 10-fold from 11.8 million litre daily (mld) to 100 million litre daily now, and the number of accounts increased to some 18, 000 compared to only 6, 149 account in 1984,” Maximus said.

Dr Maximus said his ministry is currently conducting an engineering study on the water supply infrastructure implementation for the high quality and sufficient clean water supply until 2040.