Dams nearing full capacity


A display board showing the water level at the three dams in Penang. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

PENANG Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) is looking to achieve a 100% capacity at the dams in Ayer Itam and Teluk Bahang by December to prepare for the dry season from January to April next year.

Now, the water level at Ayer Itam Dam is at 85.3%, Teluk Bahang Dam at 73% and Mengkuang Dam at 93.6%.

PBAPP chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said this was much better than last year.

At around this time last year, the effective capacity was 44% for Ayer Itam Dam, 26.3% for Teluk Bahang Dam and 90.5% for Mengkuang Dam.

He said due to the rainy weather last month, the dams in Ayer Itam and Teluk Bahang are well filled.

A view of the Teluk Bahang Dam. – Photo courtesy of PBAPPA view of the Teluk Bahang Dam. – Photo courtesy of PBAPP

“But we want both the dams to be 100% full before Christmas to have enough water for the dry season from January to April.

“We will make sure there is no overflow,” he said.

Jaseni said this was the practice each year when there was more rain from September to November.

“We make sure there is no overflow by increasing the amount of water for treatment at the Ayer Itam water treatment plant.

“For Teluk Bahang Dam, we will release water for treatment at the Batu Ferringhi water treatment plant and for Mengkuang Dam, to the Sungai Dua water treatment plant,” Jaseni explained.

Nur Muhammad Hanif Mohd Razif with his wife Ayesha Ellya Fadzil, both 26, taking a selfie at the Ayer Itam Dam.Nur Muhammad Hanif Mohd Razif with his wife Ayesha Ellya Fadzil, both 26, taking a selfie at the Ayer Itam Dam.

Recalling last year when the dams were at frighteningly low levels due to dry weather in 2019, Jaseni urged consumers to use water wisely.

“At that time, we recommended the state to do cloud seeding and implemented a contingency plan to fill Teluk Bahang Dam with water from the neighbouring Sungai Pinang and Batu Ferringhi water catchments.

“We issued numerous statements to advise people on wise water usage as well and this helped us sustain the water supply during the dry season last year.

“Thus, we hope consumers will be mindful and use water wisely as well this year,” he stressed.

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