Water levels at key Johor reservoir at all-time low: Vivian Balakrishnan

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A key reservoir which enables Singapore to draw water from the Johor River is seeing an all-time low, according to Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan.

He said that the water levels at the Linggiu Reservoir, which he visited today, are at about 55 per cent of normal levels, Channel NewsAsia reported.

He added that this is an "unprecedented" situation for the reservoir, which is operated by Singapore's Public Utilities Board. However, this is not a cause for alarm, he said, as Singapore's NEWater and desalination plants have been functioning at 90 per cent capacity to make up for any shortfall that would arise.

Imported water makes up about 60 per cent of Singapore's water consumption needs.

Dr Balakrishnan also said that water rationing will not be necessary for now.