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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Water rationing likely to be lifted in stages

Housewife Sabarisah, 46, collecting water to wash dishes due to shortage of water in Bandar Tasek Selatan.

Housewife Sabarisah, 46, collecting water to wash dishes due to shortage of water in Bandar Tasek Selatan.

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor government is expected to lift water rationing in stages beginning today.

Following a spell of downpours, the level of the Sungai Selangor dam was at 40.23% as of 8am yesterday, an increase from 38.97% last week, according to the Selangor Water Management Authority website.

And Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has strongly hinted at a “positive” announcement today.

On April 25, he said rationing would only be lifted in stages when the water level at the Sungai Selangor dam goes over 40%.

A press conference scheduled for 2.30pm yesterday to announce developments on the water issue was postponed to today.

Khalid tweeted the postponement.

As for the announcement to be made, he said: “InsyaAllah (God willing) positive.”

Sources involved in the rationing said the lifting of the exercise, implemented close to two months ago, would be done to appease the upset public.

The sources said the decision was also politically motivated as PKR polls draw to a close on May 11 in Selangor.

“If water rationing is lifted, it would reflect positively on the Selangor government and the Mentri Besar,” one source said.

Khalid is running for the post of deputy president in a three-cornered fight against incumbent Mohamed Azmin Ali and party secretary-general Saifudin Nasution.


The sources added that the state government was confident of continuous water supply despite the forecast of a dry spell from May to September, due to its plan to draw water from several mining pools in the state.

The Sungai Selangor dam supplies water to over 60% of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor.

Meanwhile, Pakatan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called on Khalid to stop water rationing following increased levels of water at most dams in Selangor.

In a statement, Anwar said that even though the water level at the Sungai Selangor dam had reached only 40.23% of its full capacity yesterday, the other five dams in the state showed stable readings, sufficient for continued supply to the public.

Since Feb 28, more than two million people in Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur have been enduring water rationing, with two days of supply followed by two days of dry taps.


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