Water Supply Nationwide Still Under Control Despite Hot Weather: SPAN

The National Water Supply Commission or SPAN has released the status of raw water supply sources of 47 dams and 67 main Water Treatment Plants throughout the states in Peninsular Malaysia and In the Federal Territory of Labuan, with most still being under control.

The main dam level in the states of Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and most dams in Johor are at a satisfactory level which is above 80%. However, several water supply dams in the North have shown a trend of decreasing storage levels and is at alert level but yet to reach critical as of now.

For the Central Region, a total of seven dams and three main rivers in Selangor recorded levels at maximum level. This allows all 34 LRAs to operate at normal capacity. As for the Eastern Region (Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang), most of the dams or the river is at a stable level and all LRAs are operating at normal capacity except The Kelar LRA in Kelantan huich recorded a decrease due to the depletion of raw water resources said SPAN. There are several areas in Kelantan also experiencing low water pressure due to subsidence source of raw water supply, especially for water sources through underground sources.

While in the Southern Region (Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka), only the West Sembrong Dam (current dam level – 31.37%) in Johor is at alert level, but this situation is not affecting the treated water in Sembrong Barat LRA. The current water supply situation in WP Labuan, the Sungai Pagar Dam has experienced reduction and mitigation measures have been taken by the operator including placing mitigation it added.

SPAN said it expects water demand to increase between 10% to 15% from current capacity ahead of the festive season, especially in the states of the Northern, Eastern and Eastern Regions South except for major cities such as the Klang Valley, Georgetown and Johor Bahru which are expected will decrease.

Overall it said water supply is still under control in most states. Even so, the commission is not ruling out any potential disruption should a downward trend be recorded continuously for the coming weeks.

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