He said the state has been supplying 35 millions gallons of raw water a day to Melaka in line with the Johor-Melaka Water Agreement.
“We have been supplying raw water from Sungai Muar to the Durian Tunggal Dam in Melaka.
“Johor has also supplied an additional 12 million gallons a day on several occasions since last year,” he said when contacted here yesterday.
Puah was commenting on a report in The Star on the allegations by former Melaka chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron that Johor has stopped supplying raw water to Jus Dam in Melaka.
At the start of the agreement in 1991, Melaka paid 20 sen per 1,000 gallons of water to Johor. It was raised to 30 sen in 1998, 40 sen in 2008 and 50 sen in 2013, where Johor agreed to supply raw water to Melaka until 2090, with a rate revision every five or 10 years.
“It’s unfair to those who are still celebrating the Chinese New Year to face water rationing,” Idris, who was the chief minister before GE14, said in interview on Monday.
Idris also said that the current 24-hour water rationing exercise on alternate days was burdensome for the people.
He added that the state government should have carried out contingency plans when water levels at three dams – Durian Tunggal, Asahan and Jus – were at the critical stage.
“They should not have waited until the 11th hour.”
Melaka started the rationing on Jan 29, affecting close to 60% of its population.
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