Water rationing to end

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Updates about the water situation from TheStar Online.

Mr Tan Kok Hong says the water meets WHO standards. He should probably visit Batu Pahat and taste the water himself?

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Friday April 16, 2010

Water rationing to end
By NELSON BENJAMIN / nelson@thestar.com.my

JOHOR BARU: The water crisis in the state is expected to be over soon with rising water levels at three major dams affected by the severe drought.

State International Trade, Industry, Energy, Water, Comm unication and Environment Com mittee chairman Tan Kok Hong said that due to the higher water level at the Sembrong Barat, Sembrong Timur and Bekok dams, water rationing in some parts of the state has been suspended.

“We are starting with Kluang and will monitor the situation for about two weeks before lifting the rationing for residents in Batu Pahat,” he said when contacted.

Tan reiterated that while the worst was over, residents should always be prudent when using water.

He said that the government’s effort to induce rain through cloud seeding has been successful. Water levels in Sembrong Barat has now reached 8.47m from the critical figure of 7.4m; Sembrong Timur 0.8m from 0.5m (critical) and Bekok 10.59m from 10m (critical).

Water rationing in Kluang, which affected more than 15,000 residents, has been going on since mid-February, while rationing in Batu Pahat, which involves 500,000 people, started in end-March.

Tan added that cloud seeding activities would be continued until the end of the month.

Asked about Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau’s move to collect samples of water from the Bekok dam and also tap water around Batu Pahat and Yong Peng after he received public complaints about its poor quality, Tan said that the water was in accordance with standards set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

He added that besides tests by the water operators, the Health Ministry also did its own testing.

“We do not compromise on public safety and health,” he said, adding that while the water quality in some places had worsened during rationing, it was still within the safety standards.

Syarikat Air Johor Holdings Sdn Bhd (SAJ) chief executive officer Abdul Wahab Abdul Hamid said in a statement that residents in Kluang would receive normal water supply with immediate effect.

To make enquiries, SAJH has urged members of the public to call 1-800 88 7474, SMS 019-772 7474 or email customer.care@saj.com.my.

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