Raindrops keep falling and filling up the dams now

The water level at the Ayer Itam Dam is now 88.7% while the level at the Teluk Bahang Dam (below) is 66.1%. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

RAINY weather this year has given Penangites the advantage of well-filled dams in the state.

The dry spell around this time last year that had caused much worry to consumers was no longer the case now.

This time around, dams in Penang have recorded high levels of water, some more than three times the amount recorded last September.

Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said the water levels at the dams this year were high as Penang saw frequent downpour throughout the year.

“This year has been a good year for us as it has been a wet year with plenty of rainfall.

“This is good as we have ample water in our dams as compared to last year when there were issues of low levels recorded resulting in cloud seeding operations.

“The dam level at Ayer Itam is at 88.7% now which is high compared to the same date last year when it was at 34.5%.

“This is a massive increase of about 54%.

“The Teluk Bahang Dam water level is at 66.1% now. It is three times the amount of water in the dam compared to last year.

“This time last year, we recorded water levels at an extreme low of 18.5%,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Mengkuang Dam water level is usually good.

“Right now, the Mengkuang Dam level is at 93.9%, while last year, we recorded it at 88.3% on Sept 13.

“We do, however, still encourage people to conserve water and be mindful when using it,” he said.

It was reported on Aug 10 last year that the water level at the Teluk Bahang Dam was abnormally low due to low rainfall.

Jaseni had said the logical conclusion was that climate change over the past 12 months had caused less rainfall.

As a result, he said the level of water dropped and was the lowest since the dam was commissioned in 1999.

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