Malaysia: Temporary halt to water rationing in Mersing

The Star 2 Jul 16;

JOHOR BARU: Over 15,000 residents in Mersing are in for some festive joy as their scheduled water supply exercise will be temporarily halted this coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Syarikat Air Johor Holdings Sdn Bhh chief executive officer Abdul Wahab Abdul Hamid said that they would ensure that there would be no water supply disruption during the 12 days period between June 29 and July 10 (fourth day of Hari Raya).

He added that after that period, the scheduled water supply would resume as previously planned between May 15 and July 16.

“We understand that during the festive season, many people will come back and get together with their families therefore enough water supply is needed during this period.

“During this time, demand for water will increase to about 300% compared to the normal consumption, therefore people must use water with care to prevent disruptions,” he said during a break of fast dinner with the media at Selasih Restaurant, Sri Gelam here recently.

He added that the water level at Congok dam was last recorded at 3.63m compared to its critical level of 4.88m while the Sungai Mersing water level recorded at 12.08m compared to its warning level of 11.70m.

“Although the water level at Congok dam is below the critical level, it is supported by a back up supply by Sungai Mersing.

“We have also begun pumping water from Sungai Jemari that acts as a feeder river to the Congok dam since June 13 to improve the water level,” he said.

He added that so far other areas in the state were stable and would not be facing any water disruption, especially during the festive season.


Pahang villages to expect low water pressure this Raya
New Straits Times 1 Jul 16;

KUANTAN: With many expected to return to their hometowns for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, some Felda settlements and traditional villages in Pahang are expected to experience low water pressure.

Pahang Water Management Bhd (PAIP) in a statement today, said that in order to ensure enough water supply during the festive period, it has prepared 200 static tanks for the purpose.

“PAIP has also prepared 30 water tankers, which will be mobilised in the event of a death.

“Priority also would be given to critical areas such as dialysis centres, elderly care centres and schools,” the statement read.

As for the areas that are currently experiencing water supply disruption due to the El-Nino phenomenon namely in Temerloh, PAIP would continue to deploy its static tanks (15) and water tankers (three) to the affected areas.

For complaints and enquiries, the public can contact the 24-hour PAIP customer service centre at 09- 573 9999 or visit www.paip.com.my.

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