Water rationing in Malaysia ends today

Water rationing in Malaysia ends today

SHAH ALAM - Residents in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya need no longer suffer the inconvenience of water rationing beginning today.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the water rationing exercise would end today.

All areas affected by the rationing will receive normal supply of water beginning today and the latest by Friday for localities with low water pressure, Khalid told a press conference after chairing the weekly exco meeting yesterday.

He said the decision to lift the water rationing was collectively made in a meeting on Monday attended by the Water Services Commission (SPAN), the Selangor Water Management Council (Luas), Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB) and the water concessionaire companies.

The state government had conveyed the decision to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) which has been directed to ensure that consumers get their water back to normal, said Khalid.

He said the state government decided there wasn't a necessity to wait for the dam to reach the 50 per cent mark as it was confident that efforts such as pumping water from ponds into the Sungai Selangor dam as well as continuing rain at catchment areas would increase the dam's water level.

"When we decided to consider (lifting the rationing) last week, the water level in the dam was about 37 per cent to 38 per cent," said Khalid.

He added that the state government was at that time concerned about lifting water rationing without preparing itself for the dry spell expected soon.

"So before we decided to lift the water rationing, we asked our engineers to find out how much water we had from other sources that was available for contingency.

"Based on that calculation, we assume we would have water to last everyone for five to six months," explained Khalid, adding that the water level at the Sungai Selangor dam currently stood at 40 per cent.

Khalid said the state government and all relevant bodies would be stringently monitoring the water level at the dam to ensure it was on the rise.

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