JOHOR BARU: Ranhill SAJ Sdn Bhd will continue to further improve its water distribution system in Johor by replacing old underground pipes.
Its chief executive officer Nor Ifuan Md Nor said the exercise to replace the old pipes was important as most of them were no longer in good condition.
He said replacing the old pipes with good quality ones would help to reduce leakages that caused water supply disruptions.
“We have allocated RM2bil as capital expenditure (Capex) for five years starting from 2018, in our efforts to further improve our water management operations in Johor, ’’ said Nor Ifuan after presenting zakat contribution (tithe) of RM1,000 each to four eligible recipients from poor and hardcore poor groups at the company’s corporate headquarters in Larkin near here.
The four recipients were part of 342 recipients in Johor, who had earlier this month received the zakat contributions from the company totalling RM342,000.
The aid was distributed through the company’s 13 agencies in Johor Baru, Iskandar Puteri, Kulai, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Batu Pahat, Mersing, Muar, Pasir Gudang, Pontian, Segamat, Yong Peng and Tangkak.
“Johor currently records 26.8% in non-revenue water (NRW) and ours is the lowest in the country for leakage per kilometre, ’’ said Nor Ifuan.
He said the exercise to replace the old pipes included 7,000km of asbestos cement pipes (ACP) that were installed over four decades ago.
Apart from replacing the old pipes, he said the RM2bil would also be used to improve the distribution system and assets replacements.
Separately, he highlighted that some 3,200 domestic users in the state benefitted from free water supply, where they would not be billed if their monthly water usage was less than 25 cubic metres.
“This is part of our corporate social responsibility for poor families. Their names were chosen from the e-Kasih list and forwarded by the district offices, ’’ he said.
On preparations for floods expected to hit Johor during the ongoing north-east monsoon period, Nor Ifuan said the company was fully prepared.
He said the major floods that hit Kota Tinggi was a good lesson for the company in further improving its delivery system during natural disasters.
Kota Tinggi district experienced severe floods between Dec 18,2006 and January 2007, when torrential downpours caused rivers and dams to overflow.
The floods were described as the worst in the district in a century.
Ranhill SAJ is the subsidiary of Ranhill Utilities Bhd, involved in water treatment, distribution and billing. It operates 44 water
treatment plants in Johor with a capacity to treat 2.026 million litres daily.
Its network comprises 689 reservoirs with 22,817km of pipes supplying treated water to 3.7 million people in the state with 1.2 million accounts, of which 1.05 million are domestic users.