Auditor-General’s Report reveals that 94% of Malaysia’s septic tanks remained uncleaned from 2021 to 2023.

PETALING JAYA: The latest Auditor-General's Report 2/2024 found that 94.2% of Malaysia's septic tanks, or 623,446 units scheduled for rehabilitation between 2021 and 2023, are still unclean.

According to the report, sewerage coverage is incomplete across the country, varying from 62.7% to 96.6%.

States such as Kedah, Perlis, Sabah and Kelantan reported inadequate maintenance of sewage treatment plants.

In addition, 362 tank stations and 129 pump houses are currently out of service across the country, which corresponds to 11 percent of the total.

In Perlis, Sabah and Kelantan, water pressure was found to be too low, falling below the minimum value of 10 mH and ranging between 0 and 5 mH.

“Water pressure in Selangor, Penang, Perlis and Kelantan fell below required standards, ranging between 0.4% and 14% in 2022,” the report added.

It was also found that there were delays in water quality improvement projects in several states. The delays varied from 86 to 883 days, with an average of 361 days across 129 projects under the supervision of the National Water Services Commission across the country (excluding Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan).

In Sabah, delays were reported in several water projects, with one water source development project experiencing a delay of 341 days and four water supply development projects experiencing delays ranging from 324 to 1,076 days in different states.

In Kedah and Kelantan, deficits in treated water supply are reported ranging from -0.9% to -16.8% between 2021 and 2022.

The report pointed out that the country had failed to achieve its water reserve targets, with Kelantan reporting a reserve of 3.9% and Kedah having no reserves in 2022.

“Water consumption exceeded targets in Peninsular Malaysia and Labuan, exceeding the set per capita daily consumption rate (LCD) of 237, which was reduced to 190LCD by 2023,” it said.

Meanwhile, the report revealed that the MyWater portal, completed in December 2022 at a cost of RM8.03 million, did not provide key data on water resources in river basins, such as existing yield information.

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