Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said the matter needed to be addressed urgently as Sungai Muda, the primary raw water resource for Kedah and Penang, may only be able to meet both states’ raw water needs until 2025. (Pic by SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL)

GEORGE TOWN: Penang is still awaiting response from Putrajaya on its proposal to transfer raw water from Perak to the state.

Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said the matter was made known to Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar during a meeting in September.

"We have submitted a proposal on it and the ministry said it would look into it.

"We are still waiting," Jaseni said when met at the "Jom Kenali Sungai Kelian" awareness campaign in Tanjung Bungah here today.

Jaseni said the matter needed to be addressed urgently as Sungai Muda, the primary raw water resource for Kedah and Penang, may only be able to meet both states’ raw water needs until 2025.

He said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow had also written to the ministry recently to follow-up on the matter.

It was reported the Penang government and PBAPP were seeking to commission the Sungai Perak Raw Water Transfer Scheme (SPRWTS) by 2025, to tap a second major raw water resource for Penang.

Sungai Perak is relatively an under-utilised Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) raw water resource, and the SPRWTS has the potential to ensure water supply sustainability in Perak and Penang until 2050.

The original specified timeline for the implementation of the SPRWTS is six years; and Year 2025 is exactly six years away.

Since 1973, Sungai Muda has served as Penang’s primary raw water resource. Today, more than 80 per cent of Penang’s raw water is abstracted from this river.

The Penang-Perak water issue has been a long-standing matter between the states, with Perak insisting on selling treated water, and Penang wanting raw water instead.