Brace Yourself, The "Mother Of All Water Rationing" Is Looming Upon The Klang Valley

The water supply at the Sungai Selangor dam has reached a critical new low.

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Water Supply At The Sungai Selangor Dam Dropped To A Critical Low On 31 July 2014

The water level at the Sungai Selangor dam was at 33.46 per cent yesterday, far below the ‘minimum’ of 55 per cent.

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The water capacity at the Sungai Selangor dam has dropped to a new low and is dipping to the critical level. The state government, however, is remaining adamant about not calling for another rationing exercise.

Water supply at the Sungai Selangor dam continued to drop yesterday, nearing the critical level. Checks showed the water level at the dam as of yesterday afternoon stood at 33.46 per cent.

However, Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) Director Md Khairi Selamat Says The State Has Not Decided To Carry Out Any Water Rationing Exercise

LUAS director Mohd Khairi Selamat (right).

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Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) director Md Khairi Selamat said the dam’s water was at a “critical level”. However, Md Khairi said there will not be any rationing exercise to deal with depleting water supply in the state. “This is the lowest level ever recorded. But the state has not decided to carry out any water rationing exercise,” he said.

Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) corporate communications and public affairs general manager Priscilla Alfred said there had not been water disruption in areas dependent on water from Sungai Selangor. “The Sungai Selangor dam supplies water to about 62 per cent of users in the Klang Valley. For now, we have not received any reports on water disruptions from consumers in the area,” she said.

At The Same Time, Klang DAP MP Charles Santiago Says Klang Valley Will Be Staring At "The Mother Of All Rationing" If There Is No Rain In The Next Two Weeks

Klang DAP MP Charles Santiago.

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An impending water crisis is awaiting more than 60 per cent of the population in the Klang Valley if nothing is done to address the depleting water level at the Sungai Selangor dam.

Klang DAP MP Charles Santiago said water supply could be disrupted in the next two weeks as many return to the city from their hometowns after Hari Raya celebrations. “If there is no rain at the water catchment areas in the next two weeks, we are going to be staring at the mother of all rationing,” he said.

“The water level at the dam is already reaching the emergency level and it is possible consumers may not be having water by the end of next week,” he said.

Santiago Lashed Out At Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) And State Government For Failing To Inform The Public On The Actual Situation With The State's Depleting Water Supply

Santiago, who is also a co-ordinator of the Coalition Against Water Privatisation (CAWP), labelled the Selangor government as “irresponsible” for failing to take early steps to inform the public on the actual situation concerning shortage of water supply in the state.

He lashed out at Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) and state government calling them “incompetent” for failing to properly address the water crisis in the state. “Both parties have been told numerous times to buck up but they failed to take heed of warnings despite the depleting water levels,” he said.

Santiago said the decreasing water at the dam since early July was already a clear indication the situation could be getting worse. “The water level has now dropped to 33.46 per cent and the state government should have held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to inform the people they need to start conserving water,” he said.

Approximately 6.7 Million Residents In Selangor Were Hit By Water Rationing From February To May This Year

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