Johor may carry out steps to head off water shortage

Puah (left) speaking with the recipients of Chinese New Year donations at Taman Ungku Tun Aminah PRK branch office. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

JOHOR BARU: The state government may carry out cloud-seeding operations next month as a proactive measure in case of a possible water shortage due to lack of rainfall.

State international trade, investment and utilities committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said the operation would only be conducted if no rainfall occurred.

“It’s quite ironic that we had a lot of rain back in December but there has been no rain for the past few days and we expect this condition to continue until early next month.

“If this continues, the state water regulatory body (Bakaj) and water service operator Ranhill SAJ will be conducting cloud seeding operations, ” he said when met by reporters after handing over Chinese New Year donations to B40 families at the PKR Taman Ungku Tun Aminah branch office here.

He added that the water levels at all dams in the state were still high except for the Upper Layang dam, which was the main water supplier for the Johor Baru area.

Puah, who is the Bukit Batu assemblyman, also said any effort to transfer water from selected rivers to dams with falling water levels via pipes would only start next month as well.

“The Federal and state governments have allocated close to RM35mil for the general works involving rivers in Johor for construction, reconstruction and clean up works, ” he said, adding that there were 929 rivers in the state stretching over 7,000km.

Meanwhile, on another matter, Puah, who is also the Johor PKR deputy chief, said that there would be changes in PKR councillors at all local authorities (PBT) except for Kulai Municipal Council (MPKu).

“The current councillors’ contract will end on March 31 and we have prepared a list of new faces to fill in the vacant posts.

“Some members feel that there should not be too many changes but this is a normal exercise because we constantly review the KPI of our councillors and only appoint those who are suitable, ” he said.

Last month, Johor local government, urban wellbeing and environment committee chairman Tan Chen Choon said the state government had agreed to extend the contract of their current councillors until March 31.

The move involves 346 Pakatan Harapan councillors.

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