Pulau Pinang, 18 April – The organiser of ASIAWATER 2020, ‘the region’s leading water and wastewater event for developing Asia,’ prepared today a site visit to the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant, with support from Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP). The site visit is part of the ASIAWATER 2020 media tour and marketing campaign in promoting water management and conservation for adequate, safe and affordable water services and preserving the environment. This initiative reflects on one part of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan for 2016 – 2020, which focuses on improving the quality and efficiency of the water services industry.
In March 2018, PBAPP launched its Phase 1 of the Penang Water Supply Command Center (PWSCC) at the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant, where it is equipped with state-of-the-art data server, a command center software system, a 10-screen video wall, and hardware and software to monitor electronic data from key treated water installations. Remote data from all of Penang’s water treatment plants, pump houses, treated water reservoirs and pressure sensors at major pipelines is being transmitted to the command center on a 24/7 basis, which will also aid in the detection of possible water supply issues, and improving the management of non-revenue water (NRW) or water losses.
This year, the central theme of the ASIAWATER 2020 conference is “Embracing Change, Pursuing Excellence” focusing on promoting our national government’s efforts to transform and improve our country’s water and wastewater industry services. Despite having one of the most organised water infrastructures, Malaysia faces overbearing challenges in the water industry, such as high levels of NRW and a very conventional, old water infrastructure that is poorly maintained. Recognising these many challenges, the national government has invested into water infrastructure and the construction of new wastewater treatment plants and upgrades on existing facilities. This is now part of the national government’s agenda, as it addresses issues in water pollution, unreliable water supply, improper wastewater discharge, and others.