Saturday, December 29, 2007

RM6 Mln For Repairs To Water Treatment Plants In Three Flood-hit States reports from Malaysia that the National Water Service Commission (SPAN) has estimated RM6 million for repairs to the water treatment plants as well as water pumps and intake pumps damaged by the recent floods in Pahang, Kelantan and Johor.

Its executive director Lee Koon Yew said of the total, RM3.5 million would be for Pahang, RM2 million for Johor and RM500,000 for Kelantan. He said the estimates were based on the extent of the damage to the water pumps which were submerged in floodwaters, and the intake pumps which were covered by sand, as well as for drilling works.

"Another estimated RM12 million will be needed to repair and upgrade the equipment of the Water Supply Department (JBA) nationwide," he told reporters after surveying the water treatment plant in Kampung Lubuk Kawah here today.

Lee said to avoid further damage to water infrastructure in future, a thorough study would be carried out before implementing any of the projects.Meanwhile, the Pahang JBA has assured residents that the state's water supply would return to normal by next week.

Its director Datuk Ismail Mohd Nor said the department, with the assistance of the army, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) and Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad, was working round the clock to ensure that the 200,000 residents affected by the floods would be able to get back their water supply.

He said among the water treatment plants affected by the floods were at Sungai Bera, Chenor, Simpang Jengka, Pekan Tajau in Maran and Lubuk Kawah here. However, he said the plants in Chenor, Simpang Jengka and Pekan Tajau were now operational and able to supply water to some 80,000 residents in Maran since two days ago.

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