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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Looking to Thais for help

SHAH ALAM: With its biggest dam scheduled to go dry in just 19 months, Selangor is seeking the help of Thailand’s “Royal Rainmaking Centre” to ease the water crisis in the state.

The success of this and other initiatives to meet the water shortage will be assessed next week to determine whether rationing can be stopped, said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

He said the other initiatives include pumping water from nearby streams into the ponds surrounding the Sungai Selangor dam. This effort undertaken by the Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) and the state Drainage and Irrigation Department can produce 400 MLD (million litres per day) of water.

“The state is also looking into ways to tap underground water,” he told reporters after launching the Jom Baca 10 Minit programme at the Raja Tun Uda library yesterday.

As for using the technology patented by the King of Thailand, he said it was to harvest rain at the Sungai Selangor dam for at least three times a week.

“Luas has been directed to contact the Thai Government for us to use this technology by next week,” he said.

He added that the technology was more efficient than the traditional cloud-seeding and had been successfully used by several drought-hit countries.

Khalid said all the initiatives were expected to produced up to 1,000 MLD of water for the next six months, adding that it was impossible to call off the rationing now as the Sungai Selangor dam would only be able to meet demands for the next 29 days.

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