No end to water woes

Works are underway at Sungai Papan, Kota Tinggi for the water transfer project to pump water into the Sungai Lebam dam.

JOHOR BARU: As the scheduled water exercise in parts of Johor Baru and Kota Tinggi enters its fourth month, residents and business owners’ patience is wearing thin.

Ponderosa Green Residents Association chairman Datuk Jane Go said that they had managed to adjust to the scheduled water supply in the first two months where taps go dry for 48 hours before water supply resumes for a day since Aug 16.

“Now that SAJ (Syarikat Air Johor Holdings) is extending the exercise for the third time, we are quickly losing patience,” she said.

Go said although she was aware that water levels at the dams supplying water to the two areas were low, residents found it difficult to deal with the situation which had been going on for four months.

“Besides the inconvenience of having to deal with the water disruption, many of us have to fork out extra money to eat outside and send clothes to laundromats because it is difficult to cook and wash clothes at home,” she said.

She was among those who raised their frustrations in a meeting with SAJ staff organised by Pasir Gudang MCA division.

Property sales executive Joe Ng, 32, from Taman Molek, said that it has been physically and mentally draining.

“Even people like us who are able-bodied are finding it tiring to store water and carry buckets of water around the house everyday, what about old folk living by themselves?” he asked.

He suggested that SAJ come up with a better timetable for water supply so that residents would be less inconvenienced.

SAJ corporate communication head Jamaluddin Jamil said they would look into the suggestion.

“SAJ is still finding ways to solve the water crisis.

“Johor Jaya and Damandara Aliff are no longer under the scheduled water exercise as we are using an alternative water source, namely Sungai Johor,” he said.

He added water levels at the depleting Sungai Layang and Sungai Lebam dams would see improvements once the ongoing RM4mil water transfer projects to pump water from Sungai Tiram and Sungai Papan are completed in December.

The scheduled water exercise from Aug 16 until Sept 15 has been extended two more times until November.

For details, call 1 800 88 7474 (SAJ Info Centre), SMS to 019-772 7474 or email

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