Penang Water Supply Corporation: There is sufficient supply at main dams

GEORGE TOWN - The water capacity at the three main dams in the state is still sufficient and can last for at least another two months.

Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) general manager Jaseni Maidinsa said that as of yesterday, the Air Itam Dam was at 64.6 per cent capacity, which was sufficient for 63 days, while the Teluk Bahang Dam was at 77 per cent capacity and would be enough for 234 days.

PBAPP has also been diverting water from the Teluk Bahang Dam to the Air Itam water distribution network, while the Mengkuang Dam on the mainland is at 38.5 per cent capacity which is sufficient for 64 days.

"However, we are looking at sustaining the water capacity of the dams for a longer term.

"It is better to wait for the Chief Minister to issue a statement after the state executive council meeting," he said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is also PBAPP chairman.

In ALOR SETAR, the Kedah Government has put aside its plan to impose water rationing as the rainy season has started.

State Local Government, Water Supply, Water Resources, Energy, Housing and Human Capital Committee chairman Badrol Hisham Hashim said the heavy rain on Saturday was a good sign that the prolonged dry spell in the state was ending.

"The rain that night has increased the water level at our dams. We have an average of about 70 per cent water in all our dams now, which is sufficient for domestic and agricultural usage for the next three months," he said yesterday.

Last week, water at the dams was at about 68 per cent.

On March 14, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the state government would seriously consider water rationing if there was no rain by the end of the month.

As for Perlis, the water level at the Timah Tasoh Dam is at 27.21m and has not reached the critical level, according to the Drainage and Irrigation Department website.

The normal level at the dam is 29.1m while the critical level is 25.3m. The maximum level at the dam is 30.1m.