SEPANG: Putrajaya Lake, besides being a tourist draw and a venue for water sports, may be a new source of water supply for consumers in the Klang Valley. This is if water in the dams reach critical levels due to the El Nino phenomenon, which is expected to hit the country at the end of this month, says the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry.
Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said other lakes being considered for the same purpose included the Mines in Seri Kembangan.
However, he said the move would only be made after confirmation by the Health Ministry that water in these lakes were safe for consumption.
He said this alternative source of water was among the proposals to be tabled at the first meeting of the El Nino Committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday.
“We also plan to obtain underground water to supplement the water supply needed, whether for domestic or industrial use during the dry season.
“The El Nino Committee, however, would need to first obtain data on water levels in the dams throughout the country before making a decision,” he told reporters after opening Tune Hotel KLIA2 here yesterday.
He said the hot weather experienced since last week was not due to the El Nino phenomenon but caused by the southwest monsoon from the Indian Ocean.
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) said the unscheduled water supply disruption in several areas in the Klang Valley lately was caused by higher demand due to the hot and dry weather.
Corporate communications and public affairs Department general manager Priscilla Alfred said the current capacity of treated water could not meet the significant increase, particularly during peak hours.
“So far, there is an increase of 2% to 5% in water consumption in the Klang Valley, with an average of 225 to 300 litres of water consumption per individual per day since the dry weather occurred.
“Syabas is monitoring the situation and action will be taken on all complaints and feedback received.” — Bernama