Chief Minister: No water rationing in Selangor

Chief Minister: No water rationing in Selangor

PUTRAJAYA - Water rationing in Se­lan­­gor is not on the cards for now.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibra­him said the depletion in raw water supply was within the state government's projection, and that several solutions had been put in place to counter this.

Many suggested that the state was headed for a water crisis after the level at the Sungai Selangor dam dip­ped to 33.46 per cent of its capacity on Thursday.

"We have expected this and we have a few options, including using water from ponds.

"(In the past three days) we also did cloud seeding and the result was that we got rain, which fell over the dams.

"Dr (Ahmad) Yunus (Hairi) himself will report on the water situation every two days," Khalid said when met by reporters after a closed-door meeting at the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minis­try here yesterday.

Dr Yunus is the executive councillor in charge of the youth and sports, infrastructure and public utilities committee.

Khalid added that he did not want to discuss rationing at the moment as he felt the programme "to take care of raw water" and the wet season at the end of the year should suffice.

He is believed to be referring to the agreement signed between the federal and state governments in February to restructure the water industry in Selangor.

In essence, it paves the way for the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant and its associated distribution system by the Federal Government, while Selangor is allowed to acquire four water concessionaires by paying a sum said to be RM9.65 billion (S$3.75 billion).

The Federal Government also agreed to allow the state government to manage water supply in the state through Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd, a company wholly-owned by Selangor.

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