Penang averts rationing as rain expected with coming of inter-monsoon season


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020

Sufficient supply: The country has been experiencing unusually dry weather since last September. Above is a view of the Teluk Bahang Dam in Penang. – MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

THERE is sufficient water in the state to cater for Penangites, said Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa.

He said the state has enough water to avoid water rationing.

“Our strategic reserve at Mengkuang Dam is high at an effective capacity of 86.6%, while Ayer Itam Dam is 43.6% and Teluk Bahang Dam is 22.3%.

“It’s normal for Ayer Itam Dam and Teluk Bahang Dam to be low at the end of the dry season.

“The dry season this year has ended and the wet season is about to begin.

“The water levels at the dams will increase soon as the inter-monsoon period and wet season is just around the corner, ” he reassured.

Earlier, PBAPP had called on Penangites to be prudent about using water.

Jaseni warned that it was imperative that Penang save up enough water until the next inter-monsoon period in August.

Since last September, the country has been experiencing unusually dry weather, even though the Malaysian Meteorological Department did not report an El Nino event.

Earlier in May, PBAPP sought the state’s approval for a second round of cloud seeding operations as water capacity at both the Ayer Itam and Teluk Bahang dams were not even half full despite the regular storm clouds over Penang.

Jaseni noted that the cloud seeding done from April 25 to May 27 did increase the effective capacities of the dams but they were still below the 50% mark.

He said the need for a second round of cloud seeding arose because the dams’ water levels had been low since Jan 1.

“Due to climate change, abnormally low volumes of rainfall were recorded in the water catchment areas from June last year to mid-April this year.

“Without rainfall, the water levels at the dams will be further depleted.

“PBAPP has been implementing tight measures to minimise dam drawdowns since Jan 1. But raw water must be drawn down daily from the dams to sustain continuous water supply in the state, ” he said.

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