More rain needed to fill up Penang dams


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  • Wednesday, 30 Mar 2016

The Air Itam Dam in Penang brimming with water at 87.6 (left pic) on Jan 11 compared to 65.2 yesterday.

ISOLATED rain over certain areas in Penang brought much relief to the people.

Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said the capacity of the Air Itam Dam increased from 64.7% to 65.2% following a 46mm rainfall on Monday night.

“However, there was only 2mm of rainfall at the Teluk Bahang Dam. The capacity of the Teluk Bahang Dam instead went down from 67.8% on Monday to 67.4% today (Tuesday) due to the usage of water.”

He urged Penangites to continue to conserve water despite the small increase at the Air Itam Dam.

“Although, it was a blessing to finally have rain, we must still use water wisely,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Water level at Air Itam Dam, Penang.Pix by Gary Chen/The Star/29 MARCH 2016.

Universiti Sains Malaysia School of Humanities lecturer Prof Chan Ngai Weng, who is also the Water Watch Penang president, said consumers tend to use more water during the hot spell.

“However, we must use water sparingly and not waste it.”

A check with the Malaysian Meteorological Department found that the northeast and southwest district of Penang island experienced isolated rain, while the north, central and south Seberang Prai had coastal rain on Monday night .

The department’s station in Butterworth recorded a 0.6mm daily rainfall while the stations at Bayan Lepas and Prai recorded less than 0.1mm daily rainfall yester-day.

The department has forecast isolated showers in the afternoon and night today and fair weather until April 4.

Meanwhile, state Religious Affairs Committee chairman Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said about 1,000 Muslims attended a prayer session to pray for rain at the Southwest District Mosque in Balik Pulau on Monday morning.

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