KUALA LUMPUR (May 16): The Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant and Distribution System (LRAL2) will begin supplying 325 million litres of treated water to residents in the Klang Valley in August.
The volume will account for 25 percent of treated water from the first phase of the project.
Pengurusan Aset Air Bhd (PAAB) chief executive officer Abdul Hadi Ali said the water supply would benefit about 325,000 user accounts.
"We will begin the testing and commissioning process of the LRAL2 beginning May 21 and it is expected to be completed in mid-August.
"After that, we can hand over some of the treatment plants to water operators in Selangor," he told reporters after the presentation of zakat (tithe) and Aidilfitri aid from PAAB here today.
Abdul Hadi said the first phase of the LRAL2, which is expected to be completed by 2022, will supply 1,130 million litres of water a day and increase the water supply reserves in Selangor.
The entire LRAL2 project is divided into three phases, comprising the water treatment plant which will supply 565 million litres of water per day to the Hulu Langat Reservoir.
On the re-purchase of water treatment concessionaire Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH) and leasing it back to Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor), Abdul Hadi said the acquisition process was fully completed.
"Transfer of shares...all completed," he said.
On Sept 28, 2018, Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Holdings Bhd (SPLASH Holdings) entered into a conditional agreement to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPLASH, to the Selangor government at RM2.55 billion.
The acquisition of SPLASH by Air Selangor is part of the state and federal government efforts to consolidate and restructure the water industry in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
The water deal was aimed at increasing water reserve margin and reducing non-revenue water, as well achieving the objective of uninterrupted water supply in the Klang Valley and throughout the country.
The cost of acquiring SPLASH was fully borne by Air Selangor, with RM1.9 billion financed through funds channelled by PAAB, and the remaining RM650 million would be paid in installments over nine years.
At the event, PAAB handed out zakat and donated electrical items, Aidilfitri attires and duit raya to Pertubuhan Kebajikan Asnaf Al-Barakh and widow Katijah Abdul Karim, whose husband, Mohammad Suhaimi, the driver of a tanker, who died in an accident at the North South Expressway in February.
The zakat and donations were presented by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah. Also present was PAAB chairman Datuk Seri Dr Nik Norzrul Thani Nik Hassan Thani.