Indah Water Konsortium
Indah Water Konsortium is 1994 founded government owned company of Malaysia that is well known for waste water and sewerage management treatment under Minister of Finance incorporated. The company is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is under the guidance of Ir. Mohamed Haniffa Haji Abdul Hamid, the CEO of the company.
We are aware that sewerage systems are important infrastructures in construction of industrial, residential and commercial projects and determine the quality of life.
This whole system consists of sludge and sewage treatment plants with pump station and sewer pipes. Hence, its well functioning is important to reduce the risk of pollution and contamination in the surroundings that effects human health and life. To treat better there are some standard criteria’s that need to be followed in designing sewerage and in Malaysia that standards were adopted according to British standard; BS 8005:1987 but it was not applicable as per different climatic factors of Malaysia.
What is the work done by Indah Water Konsortium?
For cleaner safer environment, Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) manages the efficient service for 23 million Malaysians in order to connect them with the system and envisions a more advanced system for the future- to generate income from domestic waste which we flush down the toilet. The system was based on amount of sewage on the population equivalent. According to this design, the per capita flow and the peak flow rate are important points to be noted. The sewerage system collected the wastewater and got discharged the whole to treatment plant through sewer pipes making ensure that the sewage is released to the natural water bodies in appropriate condition and quality. Hence, two main sewerage systems were opted in Malaysia.
One is premise sewerage system connected to public or individual septic tank under which pipes are divided as public pipe and private pipe. So individual have to pay for Indah Water Konsortium services when private pipe needs for servicing.
How much does a plant cost for its work?
Operating costs are must to generate revenue for the company to work in proper way. The Indah Water Konsortium fees have not increased but have reduced to four times over 21 years.
So the revenue cost is less than operational cost. It is 100% government owned company and hence tariff is regulated costing RM8 per month and RM2 for low cost houses among domestic users. Users having swimming pool just pay around RM3 a month which is much less than the actual cost that is RM100. This low charges show the efficiency of government and efforts through government subsidises for the public in developing the sewerage system.
What are the next plans for future?
Government is looking for capital expenditure of RM52bil for the next 30 years so they have eye on the Greater Kuala Lumpur plan but the trouble is that the sewerage system is not connected to 100% population as there are some rural areas in Malaysia which as still using primitive sanitation systems. Proposal is being introduced under 11th Malaysia Plan to help connect rural areas but trouble is coming while dealing with financial part of the company. Among other issues blockage threat, replacement of parts, security matters also adds up the problem of maintaining the plant in better way.
It is thus a vital sewerage system for country’s future benefits and healthy environment.