JOHOR BARU, Oct 2 – Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said water consumption in the state was expected to increase by 80% over the next 11 years. He said based on the Johor Water Resource Study 2010-2060, it was revealed that the demand for water is set to increase from 1,507 million litres per day in 2010 to 3,257 million litres per day by 2028.
Speaking when officiating the 2017 Water Leaders Forum here, today, he said the state government had allocated about RM73.9 million for Johor’s water initiatives for this year alone, which reflects the state’s commitment in addressing the matter. He said this during his opening speech before launching the Johor Water Leaders Forum here on Monday.
He said members from the Johor Water Forum will be appointed as advisors to the Johor Water Resources Council to help them map a water resources plan for the future. The two-day forum includes keynote addresses from speakers such as Singapore Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli Masagos Mohamad, and various water experts.
These include Malaysia Water Association president Datuk Abdul Kadir Mohd Din, Prof Mooyoung Han of Seoul National University Dr Kotaro Takemura of the Japan Water Forum, as well as former National Water Services Commission CEO Datuk Teo Yen Hua.