Malacca prepared to draw water from river and mines

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Jun 2003

MALACCA: The Malacca Water Corporation (PAM) is prepared for the possibility of a drought following the hot and dry weather brought about by the south-west monsoon from now until August. 

Its general manager, Baharam Mohamed, said yesterday that the preparations included installing an extra pipeline from Sungai Gersik in Muar to the Durian Tunggal dam. 

The pipeline, which started operations two months ago, could pump 24 million gallons of water a day from the river to the dam. 

“A water pump from Durian Tunggal to the Jus dam in Jasin has also been installed and the water plant in Gadek, Alor Gajah, is also ready,” he said at the launch of PAM's new logo, here, by state Works and Public Utilities Committee chairman and PAM deputy chairman Datuk Mo'min Abdul Aziz yesterday. 

PAM would also pump water from mines in the state if the dry spell persisted, he said, adding that the corporation would ensure that there was no repeat of last year's water rationing for Malacca folk. 

He also said that PAM would monitor water theft as well as water wastage through leaky pipes which could reduce its revenue and inconvenience the people. – Bernama 

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