KLUANG: Residents living in Kampung Sri Jaya here are worried after noticing that the Sungai Sembrong Kecil river had dried up in the last few days.
Factory worker Mohd Said Abdullah, 60, said that the current dry spell was the worst ever as he had never seen the river in that situation before.
He added that the water level of Sungai Sembrong Kecil river usually is around six meters high and is a source for the residents to either water their plants or carry out fishing activities.
“My house is just a few steps away from the riverbank and about a month a go, when the dry spell started, the water level started to decrease and now there just small ponds of stagnant river water,” he said.
“There is no fish at all as the river is drying up, plus the carcasses of many dead fish have caused a bad odour which is unbearable,” he said.
Housewife Jamilah Shariff, 55, said she was hoping that the situation would improve soon.
“I am worried that the situation in the district will not improve and we may end up just like those in Selangor.
“The water that was supplied to my house during the scheduled water exercise has become a bit yellowish in colour,” she said.
Meanwhile, SAJ corporate communications manager Jamaluddin Jamil said that the scheduled water supply for residents in Kluang would be extended to every 36 hours as compared to the previous 24 hours.
“This means that residents will get water for 36 hours and then go without water for the same period,” he said while urging residents to stock up on water on days that they had water supply.
He said that the Sembrong Kiri river could not supply adequate water to the treatment plant in Sembrong Timur and this was why changes needed to be made to the schedule.
“The river usually supplies 30 million litres of water a day to the treatment plant and now it has reduced to 12 million litres,” he said adding that water rationing was still not necessary for the state as the 15 dams here had sufficient water.
“We are only supplying water using lorries to critical areas which include high rise areas, areas at the end of the pipeline and to hospitals and dialysis centres,” he said adding that the full water schedule was available on SAJ’s website at www.saj.com.my.