KOTA KINABALU, Oct 24 – Sabah can soon expect cleaner water thanks to a smart partnership between Universiti Malaysia Sabah, the Public Works Department and Forever Sabah, an environmental non-governmental organisation. The three entities recently signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to jointly implement Sewage Treatment Excellence (Jufstex).
Under the proposed agreement, the three partners will work towards training, conducting research, creating awareness and coming up with advisory proposals, among others, to attain sewage treatment of the highest standards in this state. State PWD director Datuk Dr John Anthony said the partnership aims at addressing legislation issues revolving around sewerage in the state.
He hoped that the partnership will be able to come up with refined laws and enactments associated with sewerage management and treatment. “Another issue that needs to be addressed under this collaboration is the continuous improvement of our wastewater treatment system – it can be technology in terms of biological or mechanical and electrical, especially in lowering power usage, such as green technology.”
He explained that the programme was a collaborative and equitable partnership aimed at providing strategic direction and leadership towards ensuring that raw sewage here was treated to the required water quality standard. Representing UMS at the signing was its dean of Faculty of Engineering Prof Ir Dr Rosalam Sarbatly, while FS was represented by its director, Datuk Dr Junaidi Payne.
The programme will also facilitate and enable PWD staff to be enrolled into UMS’ master’s and degree programmes to work on research that can bring long-term value to Jufstex.