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Dry spell to worsen Malaysia's water crisis

Publication Date : 19-07-2012


The water crisis in the Klang Valley in Malaysia could become worse as the current southwest monsoon season brings a dry spell and minimal rain until September.

The weather pattern will cause a much drier spell compared to other seasons although the Klang Valley is experiencing intermittent rain over the past few days.

According to the Meteorological Department, Selangor and the Klang Valley are expected to see rainfall of between 131.9 millimetres and 192.8mm this month, 130.2mm-224mm in August and about 177.7mm to 276.4mm in September.

Selangor and the Klang Valley had received rainfall below the normal levels in April and June at between 80.1mm and 384.8mm and 12.6mm and 250.6mm respectively, and about 114mm and 419.6mm of rainfall in May.

On Saturday, Ruslan Hassan, the chief executive officer of water concessionaire Syabas, said that the present water crisis could get worse if there was a dry spell in the coming months.

He said reserves at 34 treatment plants had gone down to 2 per cent which was way below the safe level of 20 per cent and this was mainly due to high demand for treated water.

In June, The Star reported that Syabas had detected drastically lower levels in the state’s “balancing reservoirs” for treated water due to the hot weather.

Balancing reservoirs are where treated water is channelled into before being distributed to consumers.

Syabas said as of Tuesday there were 209,678 premises in Klang, Petaling, Hulu Langat and Kuala Lumpur facing intermittent water supply shortage or low water pressure due to a shortage of treated water.

About a million residents are affected by the shortage.

Ruslan had said that if the situation worsened, up to 7.1 million residents in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor would be affected.


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