JOHOR BARU: Cloud seeding will be carried out to induce rain around the Sembrong dam where the water has dipped below the critical level following prolonged dry weather.
The level at the dam, which supplies water to 200,000 residents in Kluang and Batu Pahat, dropped to below the 7.4m critical level in recent days. It is at 6.3m currently with the maximum level at 8.3m.
State water concessionaire SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd (SAJH) chief executive officer Ahmad Zahdi Jamil said the Meteorological Department would monitor cloud movements in the two districts.
If there are enough clouds, we may carry out cloud seeding by the middle of next week, he said at the launching of SAJHs customer service road show here yesterday.
Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who launched the road show, said the people should learn how to conserve.
On the average, each household in Johor Baru receives 25 cu metre of clean water worth RM17.50 per month.
On that note, Ahmad Zahdi said: I know water that falls from the sky is free, but we need to build water catchment areas, treat the water and deliver the water to residents.
The cost of laying pipes is also expensive as we spend RM1mil to lay one kilometre of pipes, he said.