KUANTAN: Residents in the Kuantan district will have to be prepared for water supply disruptions in the coming months if the hot and dry weather continues.
Pengurusan Air Pahang Bhd (PAIP) district senior manager Abdul Aziz Mohamed Noh said although there was still sufficient water reserve in the Chereh dam, it could only last another two to three months.
“Right now, the water level at the Chereh dam is at 54m. The dry season has caused the water level of Sungai Kuantan to drop and thus water from the dam is being gradually released to supplement the raw water supply for treatment,” he said while briefing Semambu assemblyman Lee Chean Chung and Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chon Siang during a visit to Sungai Kenau here.
Abdul Aziz said several parts of Kuantan experienced water disruptions because water volume in the upstream was low, and not due to rationing.
“It is actually difficult to carry out rationing because it will rupture the pipes. The disruption is actually due to the low water pressure, as a result, water cannot reach the tanks,” he said.
As for complaints of brackish water, Abdul Aziz said it was due to sea water entering the Kobat barrage gate as Kuantan river’s water level dropped.
Lee urged residents and consumers not to waste water especially during this period as the dry season was expected to last for a while.
He also called on the state government to improve communications with the public on the latest water situation.
Abdul Aziz admitted that PAIP Facebook page had been shut down due to the torrent of abusive comments posted by users.
“We find that it doesn’t help. Instead, the negativity is demoralising our staff. We will let the situation cool down first,” he said.
Users can obtain information from PAIP’s official website at www.paip.com.my, he said.
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