Rainy days helping to boost water reserves in three states

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 28 Aug 2020

FROM a ‘scary’ low of just 4.4% full in April, Muda Dam in Kedah is filling up nicely again and is now 53.9% full.

All the other dams in Kedah are catching up too. The dams of Pedu, Ahning and Beris are 55.70%, 57.53% and 82.16% full respectively as of Monday.

Announcing the good news, Kedah public works, water supply and source, and energy committee chairman Datuk Suraya Yaacob said the supply of water for domestic and agricultural uses for the time being is sufficient.

She said the satisfactory levels of water in the dams were due to the wet condition for the past months.

“We don’t have a problem with water now. The padi planting season has ended in July and the fields no longer require water, ” she said.

The Sungai Tiang assemblyman, however, said the state government had also applied to the Federal Government for funds to conduct cloud seeding operations so that the state could prepare for the next dry season.

Suraya said she hoped that the cloud seeding operations could fill up the dams and reservoirs to their maximum capacities.

She advised Kedahans to use water wisely to prepare for any eventuality that could be caused by unpredictable weather conditions.

A check on the Meteorological Department website showed that the northern states are experiencing hot weather with little rain in several places.

Early this year, all dams in Penang, Kedah and Perlis were at risk of drying up because of the prolonged drought season since last November.

Perlis’ Timah Tasoh Dam is 100% full as of Monday. But Penang’s Ayer Itam and Teluk Bahang dams are still less than half full at 36.9% and 17.2% respectively.

Penang’s ‘fixed deposit’ water at Mengkuang Dam in Bukit Mertajam is 87.7% full.

Last week, water level at the Teluk Bahang dam dropped to such an extent that the old road linking Teluk Bahang and Balik Pulau had reappeared, after being submerged for over 20 years.

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