A water shortage in the country is looming as major dams are recording low levels, some critical. Added to the concern is the weatherman’s forecast that the dry spell could last until October.
If we do not handle our water well, we may end up with a water crisis next after the haze. The Star takes a look at how we treat this most precious resource in our life in a special report.
Malaysians have been advised to be prudent in the use of water to prevent a crisis.
DAM LEVELS (as at Aug 17, 2005):
(critical levels in brackets)
Sembrong, Johor - 6.3m (7.19m)
Bukit Merah, Perak - 7.19m (7.66m)
Macap, Johor - 14.25m (15.12m)
Klang Gates, KL - 90.15m (90m)
Bekok, Johor - 13.26m (12.5m)
Timah Tasoh, Perlis - 28.04m (27.6m)
Sungei Terip, Negri Sembilan - 89.5m (86.6m)
Pedu Lake, Kedah - 79.4m (67m)
(Source: Department of Irrigation and Drainage website)