GSM Technical talk (in collaboration with the Geology Programme, UKM): “Uncharted Path of a Malaysian Hydrogeologist” - Datuk Ir. Dr. Azuhan bin Mohamed, P.Geol

Event Code : GSMTT 04-17-2019 Venue Name : Geology Program Meeting Room, Geology Building, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi Host Name : Coordinator Name : Date From : 2019-04-17

Talk begins at 10:30am, tea and refreshments provided at 10:00am.

The lead agency for groundwater activity in Malaysia is Department of Minerals and Geoscience (DMG) which was formed through the merger of Geological Survey Department (GSD) and Department of Mines (DOM) in 1999. An attempt to streamline groundwater activity in the public sector was initiated in early 1980s whereby GSD to conduct general groundwater exploration nationwide whilst Public Works Department (PWD) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to conduct groundwater exploration and development nationwide for public water supplies and irrigation respectively. In 2007, Sime Darby Berhad initiated the development of groundwater for public water supply on a grand scale. Both the public and private sector initiatives on groundwater development ended abruptly. At present groundwater for public water supply is mainly undertaken by Syarikat Air Kelantan Berhad whereby groundwater accounts for 43.5% of the raw water for public water supply in the state and the figure at national level is 1.3% (2017). Groundwater for private use is common nationwide and 55 Mld of groundwater is abstracted in Selangor in 2016. The second public groundwater initiative was launched by the inaugural meeting of National Water Council (MAN) on 25 February 2019 whereby the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS) will explore the conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water. The groundwater fraternity looks forward to the success of the second public groundwater initiative for we cannot afford to fail twice.