Durian Tunggal Dam close to critical level

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  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2020

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MELAKA: Concern over water shortage is looming in the state after the level at the main Durian Tunggal Dam is close to reaching the critical mark, says a source.

Updates of the level of the dam, which used to be accessible on the Facebook page of the state’s water regulatory body – Badan Kawal Selia Air Melaka – have stopped since May 15 last year, prompting comments and questions from concerned citizens.

Both the main entrance and the back access to the Durian Tunggal Dam have been closed off.

The other two dams – Jus and Asahan – are also facing a shortfall due to the prolonged dry season.

The source said state officials were now worried whether the current supply could even last until Chinese New Year without the need to activate a rationing exercise.

Top officials of Melaka Water Works Company (SAMB) held meetings with various agencies on Friday to look into contingency plans should such a situation arise.

However, when contacted for comment, SAMB told the media to wait for an official statement from the state government as there was a number of remedial measures should the situation become serious.

SAMB said as of now, the situation was “worrying” but gave no further information on the current levels at all three dams.

It is understood that the first option is to embark on a cloud-seeding operation, which is expected to help solve the shortage in all three dams in view of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

SAMB has also urged residents to use water sparingly and immediately report leakages or burst pipes to prevent wastage.

Last September, low water levels in the dams and water retention ponds caused 12 areas to face water disruptions.

SAMB has sought the help of various parties, including water operators in other states, to ensure residents received their supply from tankers.

Melaka faced its worst water crisis 28 years ago, which was then blamed on a mistake in monitoring the level of Durian Tunggal Dam.

The local folk were forced to buy pails and containers to store water for their daily needs and many eateries were forced to close.

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