Dry spell and water woes


Ahmad Firdaus Supaat, 20, from Kuantan cooling off by splashing water on his face. The hot and dry spell with little rain is expected to continue into March. - Bernama

JOHOR BARU: The state government is working closely with Ranhill SAJ Sdn Bhd (Ranhill SAJ) and Johor Water Regulatory Body (Bakaj) to monitor the water supply situation here in view of the current hot spell.

State International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said the government will ensure enough water supply throughout the long dry spell despite falling levels at four dams.

“We have put measures in place to prevent water disruptions in the state.

“The dams affected by the hot weather are namely Sungai Lebam, Sungai Layang (Upper), Sembrong Barat, and Lok Heng water treatment plant,” he said in a statement.

Puah said Sungai Lebam water level was at 11.2m (critical level - 9.6m), Layang (Upper) at 22m (critical level - 19m), Sembrong Barat at 8.5m (critical level - 7.3m) and Lok Heng area at 2.2m (critical level 1.5m).

He said Sungai Lebam was the source of water for Penawar and Sungai Rengit areas, while Layang (Upper) channeled water to Pasir Gudang and Johor Baru. 

Puah said Sembrong Barat supplied water to Kluang and parts of Ayer Hitam, and Lok Heng area supplied to Felda Lok Heng, Felda Wa Ha and Felda Bukit Easter.

“One of the solutions we plan to take is to transfer water from Seluyut River to Layang (Upper) dam if necessary.

“The construction of three tube wells at Lok Heng will also help supply 0.9ml of underground water as a back-up for the Lok Heng area,” he added.

Puah urged the public to be more prudent in their usage of water during this dry season.

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