UBM Asia, the organiser of ASIAWATER 2016, made a site visit to Melaka’s largest and most significant water treatment plant, Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad’s (SAMB) Kompleks Bertam. As part of their media tour and marketing campaign, participating companies at the event, staff members and media were given a tour of the plants with the goal of promoting the Best Practices on Non-Revenue Water (NRW) in Malaysia. The initiative by the organiser is amongst one of many to create awareness of the water services industry.
NRW is water that has been produced and is lost before it reaches the customer. The losses can be through leaks, or apparent through theft or metering inaccuracies.
It is defined as the difference between the amount of water put into the distribution system and the amount billed to consumers. In order to effectively addressing NRW, ASIAWATER 2016 is collaborating with International Water Association (IWA) as the Supporting Association as well as the Content Partner in ASIAWATER 2016’s Seminar & Conferences. NRW is one of the key themes out of the four themes i.e., Tariff Setting & Pricing, Wastewater Management and Water Resources (AWARE’16). For the first time at ASIAWATER, delegates and participants are welcome to attend any of the Seminar & Conferences, completely free of charge.
Dato’ Teo Yen Hua , Advisor of ASIAWATER comments: “We are excited to be working hand-in-hand with the State Water Operator, for example SAMB who has achieved so much in their NRW reduction programme. We certainly are thrilled and look forward to SAMB presenting and sharing their success stories at the ASIAWATER. I believe this will benefit the private sectors, water services operators, universities, policy makers and regulatory agencies in Malaysia and other developing countries in Asia.”
The organiser chose Melaka for this tour as the state has been one of the success stories in Malaysia’s NRW reduction programme. The NRW level dropped to 19.3% last year compared to 30.1% in 2008, a remarkable achievement for the state.
SAMB is responsible for providing water services, operating three water dams and nine water treatment plants and a 4,861km network of water pipeline. With the design capacity of 631, 000 m 3 per day from the nine water treatment plants and serving 274, 758 users in the state, the Bertam Water Treatment Plant, which is located at Durian Tunggal is the largest water treatment plant in the state serving users in Central Melaka, Jasin, Masjid Tanah, Merlimau, Duyong, Sungai Udang, Bukit Rambai and Klebang area.
The ninth edition of ASIAWATER Expo & Forum which will take place from 6 – 8 April is anticipated to host more than 780 exhibitors from 48 countries and will have 11 major international pavilions including from mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, The United States of America, Austria, Germany, India and many more. The event is regarded as the region’s best events for current ASEAN water needs, including water supply, water resources, sanitation and purification. This is an unparalleled opportunity for companies to display their latest technologies and solutions to a top level audience.
The event which is 99% sold out will include exhibiting companies such as Ebara Pumps, CNP, Molecor (SEA), Tsurumi Pump, Xylem, Salcon, Ranhill, Palintest, Solidium, George Fischer, Echologics, Waterfield, VAF Filtration, amongst many others!