Tunku Temenggong Johor, Tunku Idris Iskandar Sultan Ibrahim visiting the pioneer water recycling plant while listening to a briefing by Jauhar Bluewater Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Jeff Yap (second from right) and Jauhar Bluewater deputy chairman Moehamad Izat Amir (right) during the launch of the water recyling plant in Pasir Gudang. PIC BY MOHD AZREN JAMALUDIN

CURRENT and new residents in Pasir Gudang will have more things to look forward in the future.

There have been focused efforts to turn the town into a green eco-city.

Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim, who sits on the chairmanship of companies involved in water recycling and race circuit re-development, is spearheading efforts to make Pasir Gudang into a green industrial city.

Malaysia’s first water recycling initiative, which is similar to

Singapore’s NEWater programme, began its test run at its temporary facility in Taman Scientex last month.

The Johor Circuit, which is an iconic motorsports track in the country, is currently undergoing major upgrading that includes the planting of 40,000 sandalwood trees, shopping arcades and food and beverage outlets to turn it into Malaysia’s first green racing circuit.

“The new water-recycling facility will complement the other upcoming projects of an eco-park and eco-motorsport circuit and turn Pasir Gudang into a green industrial city,” said Tunku Idris when announcing the water recycling project last month.

By the end of this year, the facility will become the country’s first-ever initiative to produce recycled water for industrial use.

The RM2 million pilot project comprises a plant with an initial capacity to recycle 125 cubic metres of waste water per day.

The project developer is Jauhar Bluewater Sdn Bhd.

Jauhar Bluewater is a joint venture between Langkah Indera Properties Sdn Bhd and state-owned Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd.

The project’s technical partner is Citic Envirotech Ltd.

Jauhar Bluewater group managing director Datuk Seri Jeff Yap said the project would address the previous water supply woes in Johor, which had also affected residents in Pasir Gudang in the past

About 60 per cent of the water supply in Pasir Gudang is used by the industrial sector.

Yap said Jauhar Bluewater would conduct various tests on operations of the pilot plant and the quality of water it produces until September this year.

“In that period, we will study the cost of recycling waste water. Once all the tests are completed, only then will we start to look for a suitable location for a permanent plant,” he said.

He said the company had yet to determine the cost of the permanent plant as it would depend on its size and capacity.

“ We have not decided whether to sell the recycled water directly to the end users or sell it through SAJ Holding Sdn Bhd,” added Yap.

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