By Zaki Salleh
IPOH: The Regional Sewage Treatment Plant (RSTP) Papan 2, located near Pusing and built to provide Ipoh and its surrounding areas with a modern sewage system, began operations upon its inauguration.
The RSTP Papan 2 project, costing RM453 million, covers a catchment area of 195 square kilometers, involving three main areas: Ipoh city, Gunung Rapat, and Menglembu.
This project benefits approximately 600,000 residents and has the capacity to accommodate up to 900,000 people.
The equivalent population for the entire catchment area is estimated to increase to 1.5 million people by the year 2045.
The construction of the plant not only helps reduce the issues with existing small and inefficient sewage treatment systems but also allows for connections to the sewer network from new development areas.
This large-scale plant construction project also received two recognitions from the Malaysia Book of Records: the Largest Round Pump Station and the Deepest Entry Pump Station at a depth of 22 meters below ground level.
The project was carried out by the Sewerage Services Department (JPP) with Loyal Engineering Sdn. Bhd. as the main design and build contractor, along with the involvement of Engineering and Environmental Consultant Sdn Bhd (EEC) as consultants.
The inauguration ceremony of RSTP Papan 2 was officiated by the Minister of Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change (NRECC), Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.
Also present were the Secretary-General of NRECC, Dr. Ching Thoo Kim; the Director-General of JPP, Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah; and the Chief Executive Officer of Indah Water Consortium Sdn.Bhd., Narendran Maniam.