NUSAJAYA: All 15 dams in the state are at normal levels and it is only the Sembrong Timur river that is below the critical level due to the current dry spell.
State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohamad said that despite this, the state was taking various precautionary measures including informing the districts to be prudent with water usage.
“We are constantly updating all the districts on the water levels at the dams and this is to ensure that they are in the know and will take appropriate action if the levels recede,” he said.
“Currently, a total of 150,000 residents near the Sembrong Timur area are part of a scheduled water supply exercise carried out by Syarikat Air Johor Holdings (SAJ),” he said.
He added that this meant that they would have water for two days and go without water for one.
“This will continue until March 18 and hopefully the weather improves by then,” he said adding that measures were also being taken to inform everyone of the exercise.
Hasni said that information pertaining to the matter had been reported in the newspapers and other media but there were still a few who did not know about it.
“We are reaching out to this group through the community leaders and places of worship,” he said.
When asked if the state would contemplate cloud seeding, Hasni said that they were ready if it called for such a decision.
“It costs about RM300,000 each time we conduct cloud seeding but we are prepared,” he said adding that such a decision could only be made if necessary.