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Iskandar faces urban challenges
Published on: Wednesday, August 08, 2018

SINGAPORE: Iskandar Malaysia, an economic development region encompassing an area of 2,217 sq km in the southern state of Johor, is currently facing some urban challenges due to the climate change and growing economy."One of our critical urban challenges is actually water," said Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) Head of Planning and Compliance Maimunah Jaafar to Bernama.

Maimunah, who was appointed as the Chief Smart City Officer for the Asean Smart Cities Network, was met on the sidelines of the World Cities Summit held here recently.

"We are looking at how we can use smart solutions to manage our water resources, both for supply and distribution for the whole region," she said.

Maimunah pointed out that Irda had actually developed an integrated water management grouping aimed "to tell us what are the things we need to do to manage our water supply and distribution."

Besides the grouping, she noted that Irda was open to partner with any solution providers, not only from the local market but also within Asean countries that could provide solutions to the challenges.

"We welcome partners to come in. Iskandar Malaysia is always talking about being private-driven, so we welcome any solution providers with good business model to assist us in this (matter)," she said.

One of the areas that could be assisted is "changing the water fitting system."

"We are looking if we can use water fitting that can allow the different types of water for different types of activities...Right type of water to targeted people or industry. – Bernama



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