Reports by REMAR NORDIN, R.S.N. MURALI, LO TERN CHERN and CHEONG JIN WEI
KULAI: Although the Johor government is planning to have cloud-seeding operations in early February as a proactive measure against water shortage, the public is urged to be prudent in their daily use of the natural resource.
State International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said although there was enough supply to last until Chinese New Year, the public should remember that there was a limit to clean water supply.
Puah said the planned cloud-seeding operations in early February were a proactive measure in case of a possible water shortage due to a lack of rainfall as the country moved into the later phase of the northeast monsoon.
“The operations will be conducted by Bakaj and Ranhill SAJ at a strategic location depending on the weather and cloud conditions.
“We will also try to ask the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry to join in the cloud-seeding operations, ” he said.
“Generally, the levels in all 16 water treatment plants and reservoirs in the state are at a satisfying level, including the Linggiu reservoir that is managed by Singapore’s Public Utilities Board and the Seluyut reservoir that is managed by Petronas.
“There are a few places that recorded good levels such as the Machap dam, Sungai Lebam dam and Congok dam, ” he said after launching the Rumah Mampu Biaya Johor C Kulai open ballot process here yesterday.
The state government through the state water regulatory body and water service operator Ranhill SAJ, said Puah, would be closely monitoring the water levels and providing updates from time to time.“We will closely monitor for the next two weeks and will inform the public if there is any change, ” he said.