Taiping lakes drying up due to lack of rain

CRACKED EARTH: Mohd Shahidan checking out the dried up bed at Jungle Lake, which along with several otherlakes in Taiping is drying up due to the current dry season.

TAIPING: The country’s wettest town is drying up, if the situation at the Taiping Lakes is anything to go by. 

Except for West Lake – the biggest of 10 lakes here – and another within Taiping Zoo, the other lakes are almost dry.  

Lorry driver Saiya Ismail, 52, who was picnicking with his family members on the banks of the South Lake said he had never seen such a situation before.  

“We stay in Padang Rengas and come here often but this is the first time that most of the lakes here are drying up,” he said. 

A pensioner, who said he frequented the lakes, believed that the situation was brought on by the dry season. 

“There has been no rain for more than 20 days,” said the man who declined to be named. 

Taiping Municipal Council head of landscape maintenance division Mohd Shahidan Othman said since he joined the council in 1981, he had never seen the lakes in this condition.  

“When the rain comes, these lakes fill up in about a week. But we don’t know when the rains will come,” he said while inspecting the dried-up bed of Jungle Lake.  

He said the lakes received their water supply from the streams of Bukit Larut. 

“Water from the Bukit Larut waterfall is still flowing into the lakes but the volume is not enough to raise the level in West Lake.  

“As a result, there is not enough water to fill the other lakes,” he said. 

Taiping Zoo director Dr Kevin Lazarus said the main lake at the zoo had not dried up yet.  

Two weeks ago, state Infrastructure and Public Utility chairman Datuk Ho Cheng Wang warned that water rationing might be introduced if the dry weather persisted.  

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