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Friday, April 29, 2016

SPAN urges Perak govt to ration water

Better be safe than sorry, the water services commission warns the state, as dams run dry.
span_perak_water_600PETALING JAYA: The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) has urged the Perak government to consider water rationing in areas that receive supplies from two of its water treatment plants, reported The Star Online today.
SPAN commissioner Dr N Marimuthu said rationing would enable the extension of available water at the Bukit Merah dam, which is facing depleting water levels due to the prolonged hot weather caused by El-Nino.
The two treatment plants are Gunung Semanggol and Jalan Baru.
“We are taking this issue seriously. SPAN will make recommendations to the state government to take drastic action.
“If we have to do water rationing, we have to do it,” he was quoted saying after a visit to the Gunung Semanggol plant earlier today.
According to the report, the Bukit Merah dam has only six metres of water at its deepest point and only 14 per cent of water remains.
SPAN says the dam can only last 30 days if no water rationing is done.

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