Group picture of ASIAWATER 2018’s participating companies with supporting organisations UBM and LAP
As part of the ASIAWATER 2018 media tour and marketing campaign in raising awareness on the conservation and management of water resources for adequate, safe, and affordable water services along with the preservation of the surrounding environment, UBM Malaysia, organiser of ASIAWATER 2018, “The largest water and wastewater event for developing Asia”, arranged a site visit to the Ulu Kinta Water Treatment Plant and Sultan Azlan Shah Dam in Ulu Kinta, Perak, Malaysia, with the support of Lembaga Air Perak (LAP). The initiative is a reflection of one of Malaysia’s water vision, which looks to achieving develop nation status by 2020.
Fully equipped with the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System that provides an integrated, real time data acquisition and monitoring system for the production and distribution activities of treated water, the Ulu Kinta Water Treatment Plant draws raw water from the Ulu Kinta River’s upstream catchment area.
The production of water is monitored by the Ministry of Health with sample analysed by the Chemistry Department, and overseen by the National Water Services Commission (SPAN), which stands in as the industry regulator.
The site visit to the Sultan Azlan Shah Dam From left to right: Dato’ Ir. Mohd Yusof bin Mohd Isa, General Manager of LAP, Ms Eliane van Doorn, Director of Business Development, UBM ASEAN, and Dato’ Teo Yen Hua, Advisor of UBM Water Series Events
The Sultan Azlan Shah Dam was officially opened in 2007 with the goal of increasing the water supply in Kinta Valley to 639 litres daily in order to meet water demand till 2020.
“For the 10th edition of ASIAWATER 2018, we chose to visit the Ulu Kinta Water Treatment Plant and Sultan Azlan Shah Dam, which are both managed by Lembaga Air Perak (LAP),” Ms Eliane van Doorn, Director of Business Development, UBM ASEAN, said. “LAP has successfully implemented an effective system to ensure sufficient water resources to meet the growing demand for treated water in Perak.”
LAP’s success can also be attributed to the Asset-light structure adopted by the Board with the support of the Federal Government of Malaysia. To date, the board has laid 10,792 kilometres of pipes which carry clean water to all the urban locations, and 98 per cent of the rural areas in Perak.
“I am impressed by LAP’s innovative approach by introducing an additional process of pre-sedimentation for the Ulu Kinta Water Treatment Plant, which in the past could not function properly due to the high turbidity of the water from the Sultan Azlan Shah Dam,” Dato’ Teo Yen Hua, Advisor of UBM Water Series Events, said. “Coupled with better water quality from the dam, the treatment plant is now able to deliver treated water without any problems, and the LAP team has my heartfelt congratulations. It is also heartening to note that LAP was able to finance the pre-sedimentation tanks using its own internally generated funds.”
The central theme for ASIAWATER 2018, “Partnership for Growth and Sustainable Water Future”, is to promote public, private, and community partnerships (PPCP) while also showcasing the latest technologies and effective solutions in water management and water security. ASIAWATER 2018 continues to have the support of central water management agencies, which includes the Ministry of Energy, Green technology and Water (KeTTHA), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE), the Department of Drainage and Irrigation (DID), and SPAN.
ASIAWATER 2018 will be co-located with the 5th edition of the Asia Water Resource Expo (AWARE’18), and will be held from the 10th to the 12th of April, 2017, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
All images are credited to UBM Asia (Malaysia)