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Friday, September 29, 2023

Water supply disruptions in several areas in Penang

Residents in Penang have been advised to store water for their daily usage as some areas in the state are experiencing water supply disruptions due to high levels of water turbidity in Sungai Muda.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said such an incident had occurred previously when floods hit the Baling district in Kedah, resulting in high levels of water turbidity.

“According to the Penang Water Supply Corporation, the turbidity level of water from Sungai Muda was still acceptable at 3am today, but by 5am, it had increased sharply.

“This situation has caused the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant to be unable to treat raw water from Sungai Muda due to the risks posed by the high turbidity,” he told reporters today.

According to Chow, the corporation had announced that the water treatment capacity at the Sungai Dua (Water Treatment Plant) was only 30 percent and as a result, several areas in Penang were expected to experience water supply disruptions today.

Meanwhile, the corporation said the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant is the largest in Penang as it supplies treated water to approximately 465,004 consumers in Seberang Perai and Penang.

“When the highly turbid water is detected at the Lahar Tiang intake, the corporation has to reduce the abstraction of raw water from Sungai Muda, causing treated water production at the treatment plant to drop by 30 percent, to 715 minimal liquid discharge (mld) at 9am from an average of 1,019 mld.

“This has affected treated water supply to 70 percent of consumers in George Town; south of Bukit Dumbar to Balik Pulau (Pulau Betong, Bukit Penara, Pondok Upeh and Bandar Balik Pulau); Seberang Perai Tengah (south of Bukit Minyak pump house areas); and Seberang Perai Selatan,” it said in a statement.

- Bernama

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