Johor hit by water shortages over the past year

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 07 Aug 2016

PETALING JAYA: Johor has been beset by water shortages over the past year, especially in the areas around Kota Tinggi and Pengerang, affecting hundreds of thousands of consumers.

In April and July, the state saw two cases of pollution in Sg Johor, forcing some 600,000 people in Johor Baru, Pasir Gudang and Kulai, and industries in the south to be without water for up to three days.

Earlier, water rationing had also been carried out in Mersing, Kota Tinggi and Pasir Gudang, impacting more than 85,000 people.

However, some of these issues were later settled via water transfer projects. Johor also supplies raw water to Singapore.

In early June, the Johor Water Regulatory Body had requested Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) for an additional six million gallons of water (22.7MLD) per day in view of the dry weather that severely affected water levels at Johor’s Sungai Layang dam.

Under the 1962 Water Agreement, PUB is entitled to draw up to 250mgd (946MLD) of raw water from the Johor River daily and in return, Johor is entitled to a daily supply of treated water of up to 2% (or 5mgd) (18.9MLD) of the raw water supplied to Singapore.

Syarikat Air Johor Holdings Sdn Bhd has put total water demand for the entire state at 3,092MLD by 2040.

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