Friday, August 1, 2014

Selangor silent on new water crisis

PETALING JAYA: Selangor is heading for another water crisis and till today the state government has not disclosed its plan to avert it.

Water Forum Malaysia manager Foon Weng Lian said when the last rationing exercise was imposed between February and March, the level at the Sungai Selangor dam was 37%. It is now 33.46%.
Foon said the NGO, appointed by the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) to represent consumers in water supply and sewerage services issues, was concerned over the lack of information.
“So far, there have been only rumours and our concern is what information is being withheld,” he said.
The dam serves as a reserve for Sungai Selangor, which supplies 60% of the raw water needs of the Klang Valley and Putrajaya.

Apart from the pumping of water from disused mining pools in Bestari Jaya into Sungai Selangor, Foon said that the Selangor government had not disclosed its other measures to mitigate the situation.
Foon urged SPAN not to wait until the reserves reached the 30% level before stepping in.
The plan to bring water in from Pahang is not about to be realised any time soon.
Pahang-Selangor Raw Water Transfer Project director Dr. Zullkefle Nordin said the trial project would kick off only in November.

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