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No water rationing in Selangor, says MB – Bernama

For the time being, the Selangor government will not implement a scheduled water rationing programme to balance the supply of water in several areas, says Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (pic).

He also denied allegations that the water level at several dams in the state was below the minimum and a cause for concern.

He said the state government had options to ensure that water supply was sufficient until November, which was expected to be the monsoon season.

"This includes using water from existing catchments. Today, and two days ago, we conducted cloud seeding which resulted in more water in the dams and valley area.

"We do not want to carry out rationing because if the programme to preserve raw water can be done until November, water will not be an issue,” he said in Putrajaya today.

Earlier, Khalid and the exco line-up attended a ceremony on a memorandum of understanding between the federal government and Selangor government regarding restructuring of the Selangor water supply.

Commenting further, he said state exco Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi was entrusted with the responsibility of informing on water issues, including water level and how to overcome the water supply issue.

"Critical water level (for dams) is 30%. Dr Yunus will report on the water situation every two days," he added.

Recently, it was reported that the water level at two of eight dams in Selangor was still below minimum of 55% despite the water rationing plan having ended in April.

According to statistics from the Selangor Water Management Authority website www.iwrims.luas.gov.my on July 31, water levels at the two dams read as Sungai Selangor (33.46%) and Sungai Tinggi (47.39%).

Selangor implemented a scheduled water rationing programme statewide in February to balance water supply in several areas. – Bernama, August 1, 2014.

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