PETALING JAYA - Taiping, the wettest town in the country, is facing a water crisis. Jelebu, the driest district in the country, is now the main water supplier for Seremban. Things are turning topsy-turvy.
Several housing areas in Taiping and its surrounding areas are starting to experience disruptions as the water level there is not improving.
Resident SK Ng, who is in his 50s, said that despite an hour-long rainfall on Saturday afternoon, water was only trickling out of the taps.
"The residents here are getting anxious," he added.
On Friday, Perak Public Utilities, Infrastructure, Energy and Water Committee chairman Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin held an emergency press conference over the critical water level at the Headwood Taiping water treatment plant, notifying people that notices on the water rationing exercise would be put up in the affected areas.
He said the affected zones would get water supply for a period of two days at a time and the water rationing exercise was expected to affect about 28,000 residents.
Perak Water Board western regional manager Shapiei Mustapa said people should be prepared for water rationing between April 3 and April 16 if the situation continues to worsen.
He said only a week-long downpour could return the water level at the plant to normal from its current critical level.
In Negri Sembilan, several parts of the state could soon face a water shortage but things are fine in Seremban and its surrounding areas following the commissioning of the Ngoi-ngoi plant a week ago.
It can produce an additional 150 million litres of treated water a day.
"With the commissioning of this plant, we can reduce our dependence on the Sg Terip plant, which now supplies treated water to Seremban," said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
He said Jelebu was now the main supplier of raw water for residents in Seremban.
"Jelebu is known to be a very dry place but the construction and commissioning of the Ngoi-ngoi dam is testimony that we can overcome obstacles through proper planning," he said.
However, water levels at three of the four dams are even lower than before the wet spell began about two weeks ago with only the Kelinchi dam registering a slightly higher level.
Checks with Syarikat Air Negri Sembilan (SAINS) showed that water levels at the Sg Terip, Talang and Gemencheh dams have not improved compared with two weeks ago.
On March 6, the state government carried out water rationing in parts of Rembau, Gemencheh and Jempol when the water level at Sg Ulu Muar fell rapidly due to the prolonged dry spell.
However, supply was restored just over a week later.