Cleaner wet markets in KL

Cleaner wet markets in KL
Ideal option: (From left) Wong explaining how a Membrane Bio-Reactor wastewater treatment plant is operated to Ahmad Phesal at Air Panas market in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.

Five wet markets in Kuala Lumpur will benefit from new wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) installed as part of the River of Life programme, which aims to clean a 110km stretch of the Klang and Gombak rivers.

Four WWTPs are already operating at the Selayang, Jalan Kelang Lama, Air Panas and Sentul markets, while the one in Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur is expected to be completed by early 2015.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the project which cost RM17.7mil (S$6.9 mil) was funded by the Federal Government.

"Based on our observation, the plant significantly improved the water standard from Class V to Class IIB, in all four wet markets.

"We are also looking at the possibility of recycling the treated water to water plants and wash the market," he said after inspecting the treatment plant at the Air Panas market yesterday.

According to the Interim National Water Quality Standard, water in Class V is not suitable for bodily contact while Class IIB is suitable for watering plants and washing.

Buditrans Consult Sdn Bhd project engineer Jeffrey Wong said the Korean treatment technology installed was an ideal option because of its small size.

"This plant is suitable for wet markets because it does not require a large space and will be much easier to maintain.

"Upon installation of the treatment plant, water quality should improve from Class V to class IIB within two to four months.

The cost to operate and maintain each treatment facility is RM25,000 a month

Ahmad Phesal said Kuala Lumpur City Hall would consider implementing the new system in 23 other wet markets in Kuala Lumpur, based on need and availability of funds.

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