ALOR SETAR – The Kedah government will replace the old water piping system in stages to avoid leakage which causes water supply disruption in the state, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.
He said the old water pipelines would leak because they cannot withstand high water pressure.
“The water pipelines here are old, some are nearly 100 years old, so when the water pressure is high, leakages will happen which cause disruption of water supply to consumers.
“The replacement will be carried out simultaneously with the upgrading projects of the water treatment plants. This is to solve the water problems in the state,” he told reporters here today.
The five water treatment plants are Pelubang, Bukit Selambau (Merbok), Sungai Limau (Baling), Lubuk Buntar Lama and Jenun Baru (Yan and Pendang).
Earlier, Ahmad Bashah handed over tithe contributions from the Management & Science University (MSU) to 1,500 recipients from Alor Setar parliamentary constituency at Seri Mentaloon Hall.
When asked on the action of some opposition parties which tried to take advantage on the water issue, he said they would always find issues even if the state government already had the solution.
“The state government together with Syarikat Air Darulaman (SADA) Sdn Bhd have found the best solution on the issue. All aspects have been taken into account including the upgrading of the piping system and water treatment plants.
“We are also supplying more than 2,000 barrels of water each with the capacity of 900 litres to the people affected by the low water pressure by Aidilfitri to ensure sufficient water supply,” he said.
Ahmad Bashah said SADA officials had been placed in critical areas of water disruption and a 24-hour complaint centre had also been opened. – BERNAMA