Selangor government’s move will deepen water crisis in state, expert warns
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 — Selangor will certainly face a critical water crisis if the state government remains stubborn by continuing to block the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant, a water management expert warned today.
Dr Ahmad Zaharuddin Sani Ahmad Sabri said providing treated water is a most important responsibility of the state government and the Langat 2 plant remained the only alternative means for the state to have adequate supply of treated water because all existing treatment plants had exceeded their production capacity.
“Without this alternative plan, the people and industries in Selangor will run out of treated water as we have reached the maximum production level. We have come to the stage of requiring a new solution and new alternative. And in the immediate term, Langat 2 is the only solution,” he said in an interview.
Dr Zaharuddin Sani uses a simple “nasi lemak “ analogy to explain the situation. “If we need 500 packets of nasi lemak to be given to 500 people, then it’s enough. But if we only have 500 packets and there are 520 people to eat the nasi lemak, then it won’t be enough.”
He rubbished the Selangor government’s free-water policy and called for a review of the policy because, he said, water is a precious asset for any nation and should no longer be deemed as something cheap, let alone given free. — Bernama