Feasibility study on Penang water supply initiative to be presented to state govt early next year

— The Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) plans to present the feasibility study on the Penang Water Supply Initiative (PWSI) 2050 to the state government in the first quarter of 2021.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said the initial PWSI 2050 contingency projects proposed in 2019 includes Package 12A of the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant (LRA), Sungai Prai Water Supply Scheme (SPWSS) and Phase 1 of the Penang Desalination Water Supply Scheme (PDWSS).

“Package 12A involves the construction of a new water treatment module with a capacity of 114 million litres per day (MLD) at the Sungai Dua LRA.

“The SPWSS which has the potential to yield 136 MLD is aimed at utilising Sungai Perai as an additional raw water resource for Penang,” he said in a statement today.

Jaseni said engineering studies conducted previously have shown that raw water from the river may not be safe to be treated using conventional water treatment technology.

“As such, the SPWSS will explore the possibility of using alternative water treatment technologies to safely treat raw water for human consumption,” he said.

Jaseni said the feasibility study took into account several factors including updated projections of water demand in Penang by 2050, the timeline to reduce raw water risks by 2025, the feasibility of the proposed projects and technologies as well as costs and options.

He said PBAPP has proposed Package 12A of the Sungai Dua LRA, the SPWSS and the PDWSS to reduce Penang’s raw water risks by 2025.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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