2017•01•10 Kuala Lumpur
On 6 December 2016, a workshop on water supply management was held at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The event was organised by the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), and hosted by the Centre of Excellence for Environmental and Occupational Health (CoE, EOH), UPM.
The aim of the workshop was to deliberate on the recommendations for improving the security and sustainability of water supply services in Malaysia’s Klang Valley. Recent water supply disruptions in Klang Valley due to unresolved pollution have caused great concern among consumers. The water from the sources did not comply with the Malaysian water quality criteria, which led to the closure of water treatment plants. Continuous water supply disruptions in various areas of Klang Valley have threatened economic development in the region, as well as the well-being and health of the population.
The workshop was conducted in two sessions. The first session involved presentations by Malaysian experts on water security, water-source pollution, and the status of environmental monitoring in the country. The second session was a roundtable discussion on the threats to Malaysia’s water security, operational issues of agencies involved in water supply management, upgrading of water treatment technologies, water quality targets, and creation of a platform for more unified and comprehensive research.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-IIGH website.