Water in three Penang dams at good levels

Water level at 67.3% in Ayer Itam Dam, Penang. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

AFTER a major drought last year which saw water levels in dams dropping to critical levels, Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) has assured that existing supply for this year is sufficient.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said water storage in Ayer Itam Dam, Teluk Bahang Dam and Mengkuang Dam will be sufficient to meet the needs of people and the dams are now at higher levels than in previous years.

“Water level in Ayer Itam Dam reached 59.4% on July 9, compared to 43.6% on the same date last year, an increase of 15.8%.

“The water storage capacity of Teluk Bahang Dam increased the most in the same period, from 22.5% to 55.5%.

“Water level in Mengkuang Dam, which was 86.3%, rose to 93.1%.

Water level at 58.7% in Teluk Bahang Dam.Water level at 58.7% in Teluk Bahang Dam.

“Therefore, water storage capacity of the three dams in the state is currently sufficient to meet our needs,” he said.

Jaseni said on Sept 5 last year, water storage in Teluk Bahang Dam dropped to only 18% of its efficient capacity and PBAPP had to divert water from the Sungai Pinang and Batu Ferringhi catchment areas to it.

On Friday, the water level at Ayer Itam Dam was at 67.3%, Teluk Bahang Dam (58.7%) and Mengkuang Dam (93.4%).

On average, Penangites consume 845 million litres per day with average domestic consumption per capita at 299 litres per person per day.

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