Zero water reserve margin in Kedah

PUTRAJAYA: Kedah has zero water reserve margin.

Deputy Energy Transition and Public Utilities Minister Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir said he would visit the state next week to check on the water supply situation there.

"I plan to meet the (water) operator probably on Tuesday next week.

"There are ongoing projects to improve water sources and supplies in Kedah," he said in a media briefing here.

He said he would share more details during his visit.

National Water Services Commission's (Span) licensing and tariff senior director Izan Aziati Samsuri said water reserve margin was one of the components in the key index indicators (KPI) set for every state.

She said efforts to increase Kedah's water reserve margin would be carried through projects.

"There are five main (water treatment) plant projects that are ongoing and will be completed in stages.

"The reserve margin will increase upon completion of the projects, but (efforts to increase the reserves) will not end there," she said.

She said Span had set a reserve margin of 15 per cent in the KPI.

Izan said operators must carry out a study and prepare projections of the current and future needs and demands.

The projections, however, should be reviewed regularly as there were factors needed to be considered, she said.

"In Selangor, for example, the projection sometimes did not match with the actual situation due to the rapid development taking place in the state."

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