Penang and Perak governments forge ahead on treated water accord


THE Penang government welcomes the recent decision by the Perak government to sell treated water to Penang, says Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.


He mentioned that the decision followed a meeting between the state secretaries from both states last week.


“This is a long-awaited development for us, addressing water supply issues since 2009 through the Sungai Perak Raw Water Transfer Scheme (SPRWTS), providing an alternative raw water source due to overreliance on Sungai Muda.”


Emphasising the early stage of the process, Chow explained that the next step involves working on details such as water tariff price, agreement period, and other technical aspects.


“Subsequent discussions will take place between the Penang and Perak governments, including relevant Federal agencies,” he responded to questions during the Samenta luncheon session at Jen Hotel in George Town today.


Chow highlighted that Penang need not build a water treatment plant and its components since the Perak government had offered Penang treated water.


“We are saving costs in this regard,” he said.


Chow addressed the timeline, stating: “It could take up to 10 years, but it can be done in stages to supply the treated water to Penang.”

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