MO,5/1/2018, ALOR STAR: Syarikat Air Darul Aman Sdn Bhd (SADA) spent RM8 million for the distribution of free water to Kedahans who faced water disruption last year. Sada chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Ghani Zainuddin said the company had to bear the cost due to various upgrading works to its water supply facilities to ensure that the problem is fully resolved by 2020.
“For this year, we plan to reduce free water distribution using lorries. (Instead), we aim to channel the water through a pipeline. “Thus, we are making sure that the project to replace the pipeline will be completed on schedule,” he told reporters after attending the Sada Muafakat Media Night here on Thursday.
Ghani said water distribution using lorries incurs losses for the company, thus Sada hopes to minimise their usage. According to records, Sada distributed 2.2 million litres of water per day to people hit by water disruption during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period last year. A total of 127 lorries were used to distribute free water to 257 villagers state-wide.
Meanwhile, Ghani said that the Pelubang, Bukit Selambau, Sungai Limau, Lubuk Buntar Lama and Bukit Jenun water treatment plants are expected to provide treated water for consumers until 2040. He said that the RM1 billion project is slated for completion in two years’ time.
“For Langkawi, the government has allocated RM600 million to build off-river storage to provide raw water for the island. “This will meet demand by the island’s tourists and locals,” he added.