HULU LANGAT: The first phase of the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant (LRAL2) which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 will benefit 350,000 accounts, involving 1.8 million users.
Pengurusan Aset Air Bhd (PAAB) chief executive officer Abdul Hadi Ali said the progress of the LRAL2 project stood at 80.33 per cent as of Dec 31.
He said the construction of the project, which started in 2014, comprises packages involving Hulu Langat, Cheras, Sungai Besi, Bukit Jalil, Petaling, Bandar Kinrara, Bukit Dengkil, Ampang as well as Keramat AU3 in Selangor.
“Upon completion, LRAL will supply 1,130 million litres a day (MLD) to consumers in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya, and subsequently increase the water reserves,” he told reporters after the launch of PAAB Schools Sustainability Programme 2019-2020 held at LRAL here.
Present were PAAB chairman Datuk Seri Dr Nik Norzrul Thani Nik Hassan Thani and LRAL2 project director Kamaruddin Abdul Razak.
Meanwhile, Kamaruddin said the total capacity of existing water treatment plants in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya was at 4,820MLD.
“The average annual demand has seen an increase from 2.5 to 3 per cent.”
He said to meet the demand for treated water and requirements by National Water Services Commission, as well as contingency and ‘the best practice’, additional treated water reserve should be between 10 and 15 per cent.
“This means that the treated water reserve margin is in the range of 5,300 to 5,550 MLD," he said.
Nik Norzrul, who spole on the PAAB Schools Sustainability Programme 2019-2020, said four schools were chosen, namely SK Dusun Nanding, SMK Dusung Nanding, SK Ampang and SMK Taman Kosas, as the schools were directly affected by the construction of LRAL2
“It is part of our mandate to give back to society by focusing on education, environment, educational, community, and volunteerism.”
Nik Norzrul said there would be campaigns on water savings at schools, educational talks on water and a trip to the plant so that the community would have a sense of belonging to the project.
He said the programme would benefit 5,000 teachers and students.
At the launch, each school also received RM5,257.50 from ‘Sumbangan Zakat Wakalah PAAB’ along with Back to School aid for 250 students.