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Monday, 7 April 2014

Panel to find ways to ease hardship posed by water shortage

PETALING JAYA: A national action committee under the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry will work on immediate and long-term measures to ease the burden caused by the water shortage.

The panel would monitor, analyse and provide recommendations to handle the shortage.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the committee, which would be chaired by his deputy Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, would comprise representatives of relevant ministries, agencies, state governments and other authorities.

Among them, he said, would be the Federal Territories Ministry, the Malaysian Meteorological Department and the National Water Services Commission (SPAN).

Dr Ongkili said the Cabinet had directed the ministry to set up the panel during its weekly meeting last Friday.

“During these hard times, we need the co-operation of everyone to use water prudently and to store just enough water for basic needs during days without normal supply,” he said.

Water rationing has been imposed in the Klang Valley due to the prolonged dry spell. The rationing has entered its fourth phase, affecting some 6.7 million people.

The first phase began on Feb 27. The second and third started on March 2 and March 10, respectively.

The first and third stages for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya were originally due to end on March 31 but have since been extended to April 30.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the exercise would only be called off when dam capacities hit 55%.

As of yesterday, the Sungai Selangor dam recorded 37.09% capacity. Its critical level is 30%.

Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) corporate communications and public affairs assistant general manager Priscilla Alfred said the treatment plant that used raw water from Sungai Selangor was increasing its capacity in producing treated water due to the slight rise in the water level, thanks to rainfall.

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Tags / Keywords: Environment , national action committee on water to be set up


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