Enough water in Penang


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Feb 2005

BY NIK KHUSAIRI IBRAHIM

The Air Itam dam in Penang yesterday. The Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd has assured the public that there is no immediate water shortage problem in the state.

PENANG: Penang is not facing any immediate water shortage problem. 

The water at the Mengkuang and Teluk Bahang dams is still at a “comfortable” level of 39.6m and 39.02m respectively, said a Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd spokesman. 

“Based on our records, we can assure the public that the water supply is at a comfortable level and there is no cause for concern,” he said.  

At the Pedu, Muda and Ahning dams in Kedah, the water is sufficient to meet demands until April when the rainy season starts.  

A Muda Agriculture Development Authority (Mada) official said the Pedu dam, which could hold one billion cubic metres of water, was currently 54% full. 

The water level at the Muda dam was 17.4% of its full capacity while the Ahning dam was 29.6% full.  

He said the water level at the Muda dam was slowly decreasing as water was being channelled to the Pedu dam.  

The water level at the Muda dam, he added, was normal for this time of the year.  

It was last recorded at 20.1% of its full capacity of 150 million cubic metres before the Chinese New Year. 

He said the Pedu dam was currently releasing water daily for industrial and domestic use in the northern part of Kedah and Langkawi and the southern part of Perlis. 

The official said that water at the Ahning dam, which could hold 275 million cubic metres of water, had not been released since last week.  

He said Mada would meet padi farmers soon to discuss the water-releasing schedule for the padi-planting season which would start in April. 

No water has been released from the Beris dam, where the water is at full capacity with 115 million cubic metres.  

The dam, which comes under the purview of the Drainage and Irrigation Department, supplies water to the Muda River system.  

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