By KEVIN WONG / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (KeTTHA) is confident of expanding water supply coverage to 99% nationwide by 2020.
The nation’s water supply coverage is currently at 96.4%, while connected sewerage coverage is at 78.7% and non-revenue water is at 34.6%.
KeTTHA deputy secretary general Datuk Dr Tan Yew Chong said the nation is on the right track to achieve its national key performance indicators (KPIs).
“We are confident that we are able to expand water supply coverage to 99%, as well as increasing connected sewerage services by 85%. Additionally, we hope to reduce non-revenue water by 31% by 2020,” he told reporters after the launch of Trenchless Asia 2018 in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday.
He said more than RM1.2 billion has been allocated to the ministry to develop water and wastewater projects.
“This shows the seriousness of the government’s commitment in meeting targets set by the 11th Malaysia Plan, which is to strengthen infrastructure in line to support economic expansion.
“With the budget allocation, it has also clearly indicated the government is investing heavily in the water and sewerage sector as they act as the central nerve of the economy,” he added.
The government, Tan said, is developing a comprehensive plan to improve the effectiveness of the water efficiency label scheme (WEPLS) and target promotional campaigns to suppliers and consumers to further promote water efficiency products.
“At the same time, the government intends to implement WEPLS as mandatory for local products and imports by 2019. I feel that it is important to share the synergy between the public and private sectors in Malaysia towards transforming the nation’s economic development, amid accounting for our diversity in a globalised world,” he said.
Trenchless Asia 2018 has converged global industry players and authorities to adopt trenchless technology.
Trenchless technology is a type of subsurface construction work which requires few trenches, or no continuous trenches. It is a rapidly growing sector of the construction and civil engineering industry.
Tan encourages all Malaysian industry players to leverage on the Trenchless Asia 2018 as it will help capitalise the opportunity to extend the technology application.
Meanwhile, International Society for Trenchless Technology ED Peter Smeallie said trenchless technology is a developing global industry where its products and techniques are rapidly advancing.
“As population expands around the world, there is an immediate need for new pipelines to carry more capacity, as well as the increasing environmentally sensitive green environmental areas,” he said, adding trenchless technologies are going to continue to evolve and become more necessary.