Study Tour on Climate Change Adaptation of Drainage, Sewerage and Wastewater Treatment Sector in Malaysia and Thailand

Created on 30 June 2014 Print Email

Under the support of GIZ through the Wastewater Management Programme, management and experts of the Drainage, Sewerage and Wastewater Treatment Division, ATI, MoC had a study tour to Malaysia and Thailand on the above theme from 22-27 June 2014. The objective is for the participants to learn about the climate change impacts on drainage, sewerage and wastewater management in these two countries - the current context and how the sector has prepared for adaptation to climate change.

The Delegation visited and had working sessions with the regulators as well as operators of the wastewater sector, including: the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water of Malaysia; Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) Malaysia; the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Pollution Control Department; and the Wastewater Management Authority under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand.

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Meeting at Thailand's Environment Ministry

Meetings with key officers of the wastewater sector in both countries provided a better understanding of the sector in these countries, including current status of the system, institutional arrangements, drainage and sewerage planning, technologies development, regulations on monitoring and inspection, as well as tariffs and the degree of cost recovery. The meetings also focused on the requirements and long-term future strategies for the management of wastewater in the context of climate change. Neither Malaysia nor Thailand have developed detailed adaptation strategies to climate change in the wastewater sector, but they have integrated climate change aspects to some degree in policies and action plans for flood prevention, disaster risk management, and technology development towards energy efficiency and resources recovery

The programme also included technical visits to a Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, managed by Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) and Siracha Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant in Chonburi Province, Thailand. Both plants apply activated sludge processes which target both organic matter and nutrients removal. The Delegation exchanged ideas and information with staff and operators of the plants on the performance of the treatment system, operation and maintenance (O&M) issues and sludge treatment at the sites.

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Sludge treatment in Malaysia

Since the severe flooding in Thailand in 2011, the country has put a lot of efforts into flood prevention and disaster risk reduction. The Delegation paid a visit to the Flooding Follow-up and Problem Solving Center (under Water Resources Deparment, Ministry of National Resources and Enviroment, Thailand). This Centre hasis operating an improved early warning system for flooding. It also maintains a database which helps to analyse climate conditions for appropriate actions. The coordination among relevant government agencies and stakeholders in the field of drainage, sewerage and wastewater management has been significantly strengthened in Thailand since 2011. The experiences and lessons learned from the study tour are valuable for ATI to finalize its study on climate change impacts adaptation for the wastewater sector in Vietnam and in the development of policies in the sector.

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