IWK takes over sewerage services in Johor Bahru, Pasir Gudang from Dec 1

The national wastewater and sanitation company will take over operations and maintenance of 191 sewage treatment plants

by IWK / Pic courtesy of IWK

THE federal and Johor governments will cooperate to upgrade and improve the quality of sewerage services in the areas of Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB) and Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG).

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

With this takeover, IWK will take over operations and maintenance of 191 sewage treatment plants — namely 147 in MBJB and 44 in MBPG — involving a population equivalent of 1.46 million people from Dec 1, 2021.

IWK will also provide desludging services to approximately 293,236 individual septic tanks and traditional tanks there.

In October, a collaborative agreement on the takeover of the public sewerage system at MBJB and MBPG was signed by Johor Special Water Sdn Bhd (JSW) CEO Zulkiflee Abas and IWK CEO Narendran Maniam (picture). KASA Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad witnessed the signing ceremony.

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

IWK’s experience and technical expertise can ensure that sewerage assets are operated and maintained optimally

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

This initiative can also curb water resources pollution by improperly treated effluent into 18 major rivers including the Skudai River, Kim Kim River and Masai River.

Tuan Ibrahim said MBJB and MBPG will receive grants from the federal government to improve the level of sewerage services like plant improvement, distribution system upgrade and construction of centralised sewage treatment plants by handing over sewerage site reserve to the Federal Land Commissioner.

“KASA is committed to improving the quality of the country’s sewerage services in line with the Sustainable Development Goal: Goal 6, which is to ensure access to clean water and sanitation as a whole.

“The sewerage sector is also one of the critical components in realising the Water Sector Transformation 2040 and is supported through the implementation of sewerage projects with a total allocation of almost RM3 billion under the 12th Malaysia Plan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Narendran said with IWK’s 27 years of experience and technical expertise, it will ensure that sewerage assets are operated and maintained optimally.

“IWK hopes that with this takeover, the sewerage system can be well maintained and can reduce the pollution of water sources by poorly treated wastewater that flows into the main rivers in the two areas of the City Councils, especially the Kim Kim River, Masai River and Skudai River, ” he said.

Narendran added that IWK, together with JSW, need some time to repair all public sewerage assets in these two areas while taking appropriate measures to ensure that sewerage assets operate as efficiently as possible.

As for desludging services, the Federal Government Gazette came into effect in March and stipulates owners or occupants whose premises use septic tanks are responsible to ensure that their septic tanks are in good condition.

IWK provides desludging services where septic tank owners must empty their individual septic tanks at least once every 2 years according to tank capacity and household size

Through the Water Services Industry (Desludging Services) Regulations 2021, IWK will manage scheduled desludging on premises connected to septic tanks by issuing notices to consumers.

IWK provides desludging services in accordance with the Water Services Industry Act 2006 (Act 655) under Section 65 (1) (c), where, septic tank owners must empty their individual septic tanks at least once every two years according to tank capacity and household size. This is to ensure that the septic tank functions properly and does not pollute the environment or public health.

At the same time, JSW is the permit holder to carry out desludging work under the supervision of IWK in both areas.

Narendran said IWK will remain committed in its effort to execute its mandate to operate and maintain the sewerage system efficiently.

For more billing information, customers can call 03-2083 2828 and 07-511 4983 or visit the official website at iwk.com.my.