The ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang said the projects include implementing three off-river storage developments in Padang Matsirat, Langkawi, in Linggi, Negeri Sembilan and in Melaka. (pix by AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR)

PUTRAJAYA: The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry will implement several major projects under the 2018 Budget to ensure sustainable development in the sector.

The ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang said the projects include implementing three off-river storage developments in Padang Matsirat, Langkawi, in Linggi, Negeri Sembilan and in Melaka.

Other projects that will be carried out include conducting a feasibility study on the building of a barrage at Sungai Bernam for water supply in Bagan Datoh; a feasibility study on an off-river system in the central region of the Perak Water Board; the use of the Putrajaya Lake as an alternative water resource for water treatment during emergency; a study on water supply sources as well as sewerage system and design; and the implementation of national non-revenue water programmes.

Zaini said the ministry is committed to improving the national water sector towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) following the 2018 Budget.

"SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. This year, Malaysia is ranked at 54 in the SDG index with a score of 69.7.

"Although we have improved compared to the previous years, we still have a long way to go.

"The budget allocated for the ministry will be used to carry out sustainable development projects in line with the Green Technology Master Plan 2017-2030,” he said after the Post National 2018 Budget Forum: What's Available for Water Sector.

The forum gathered the sector’s regulators, professionals and administrators to discuss financial, environmental and socio-cultural sustainability after the 2018 Budget.

In the 2018 Budget tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the government has allocated RM5 billion under the Green Technology Financing Scheme to promote investment in green technology industry; RM1.4 billion to implement non-revenue water programmes to reduce the average loss of water; RM1.3 billion to construct off-river storage as an alternative water resource; and RM517 million for flood mitigation programmes.

Zaini said the off-river storage projects, which include the development of a barrage at Sungai Bernam and the use of the Putrajaya Lake as an alternative water resource, are to ensure a freshwater extraction rate of 10 per cent by 2025 and 15 per cent by 2030, as highlighted in the Green Technology Master Plan.

"The studies on water supply sources and sewerage system and design are to meet the requirement under the treated wastewater recycling category.

"Besides complying with the Green Technology Master Plan, it is also important for us to comply with the 11th Malaysia Plan framework, which is to ensure quality and efficient water and sewerage services," he said.