IWK to operate, maintain 191 sewage treatment plants in Johor

Through this collaboration, the quality of sewerage services can be improved

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic source: IWK

THE federal and Johor governments have agreed to work together in upgrading and improving the quality of sewerage services in the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) and Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) areas.

This cooperation involves the handover of sewerage services in these two areas to Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK), owned by the Minister of Finance Inc (MoF Inc) and an agency under the supervision of the Environment and Water Ministry (Kasa).

Kasa Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said from Dec 1, 2021, IWK will take over the operation and maintenance of 191 sewage treatment plants — namely 147 in MBJB and 44 in MBPG — involving a population equivalent of 1.46 million people.

This is following the re-demarcation of the council area in 2016 where a total of 72 sewage treatment plants and pump stations in Johor Baru and 20 sewage treatment plants in Pasir Gudang were operated by IWK.

IWK will also provide decontamination services to approximately 293,236 individual septic tanks, as well as traditional tanks, in both areas.

“Through this collaboration, the quality of sewerage services, especially in terms of compliance with the Department of Environment’s (DoE) treated effluent discharge standards, can be improved.

“IWK’s experience and technical expertise as a national sewerage company is able to ensure that sewerage assets are operated and maintained optimally, thus reducing disturbance to residents and supporting environmental sustainability.

“This initiative can also reduce the pollution of water resources by improperly treated effluents on 18 major rivers including the Skudai River, Kim-Kim River and Masai River,” Tuan Ibrahim said in a statement yesterday.

The agreement for the acquisition of the public sewerage system at MBJB and MBPG was signed by Johor Special Water (JSW) CEO Zulkiflee Abas and IWK CEO Narendran Maniam, witnessed by Tuan Ibrahim and Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad.

Through this handover, MBJB and MBPG are eligible for grants from the federal government to improve the level of sewerage services such as plant repairs, distribution systems and construction of centralised sewage treatment.

“I am confident that with the synergy between IWK and JSW and the support from Kasa, the Johor government, National Water Services Commission and DoE, the modernisation of sewerage service system in MBJB and MBPG in particular, and in Johor in general, can be achieved.

“This will be in line with the aspirations outlined in the Agenda National Water Sector Transformation 2040, the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) by the United Nations,” said the minister.

Kasa said it is committed to improving the quality of the country’s sewerage services in line with the sixth SDG, which is to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all.

The implementation of sewerage projects has a total allocation of almost RM3 billion under the 12MP.