Penang, a heavily populated island like Singapore, needs a multi-faceted Water Resources Master Plan to ensure it continues to have undisrupted water supply for another 50 years.
Wong Hon Wai (DAP – Air Itam) said the state must also look to other water sources, such as Sungai Kerian at the border of the state with Perak, apart from Sungai Muda that flows from Kedah.
He said other strategies like creating more water catchment areas, new treatment plants, desalination, rain water harvesting, recycling and education programmes for the people to encourage water saving should be looked into as well.
“I welcome the chief minister’s recent announcement that there is a proposal to appoint a consultant to see how our water supply infrastructure can be optimised.
“I hope the state can also inform the house how much water reserve we have in Penang and what plans we have for the next 50 years,” he said, citing concerns that a water crisis could also happen here like in the Klang Valley.