There is no water crisis in Melaka, just intermittent shortages, says state rep

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  • Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019

A file picture of the Durian Tunggal Dam, where water levels have gone down.

MELAKA: There is no water crisis in Melaka, says state Public Works, Transportation and Public Amenities Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sofi Abdul Wahab.

However, he acknowledged that many high-rise residential areas are currently facing low water pressure due to the drop of water levels at the dams in Durian Tunggal and Jus.

“We are not denying that 12 areas in the Melaka Tengah district and three areas in Jasin are facing a shortage of supplies. Fourteen tankers were dispatched to provide water.

“We have reinforcements from water concessionaires from Johor, Negri Sembilan, Perak, Selangor, Penang and Terengganu, ” he said here on Tuesday (Sept 17).

Mohd Sofi said it was unfair to say the state faced a water crisis when there is no full water rationing activated.

“We are channelling 40 million litres of water from Sungai Gersik, Muar, Johor and an additional 12 million litres from Negri Sembilan.

“Hence, I can assure that there would be no water shortage in the state, we are doing our best to ensure a steady supply, ” he said.

Mohd Sofi said there was a shortage of 50 million litres of water due to deteriorating levels at both dams but the state can manage with the help of neighbouring states.

He said the Meteorological Department anticipates heavy rain by the end of this month due to the upcoming monsoon season that would fill both the dams.

Former Melaka chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron had recently claimed that the state government was concealing the truth that the state was facing a water crisis.

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