PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 — The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) reminded all water operators to obtain the approval of the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) by submitting a contingency plan before any water rationing exercise.
If there is a serious water shortage and it reaches the critical level, KeTTHA said SPAN, through its powers vested under the Water Industry Act 2006 (Act 655), can direct the operators to carry out water rationing to overcome the crisis.
“Therefore, any water operator planning to carry out water rationing due to a water shortage situation must get the approval of SPAN first. The operator must justify the action, including a contingency plan which includes the strategic management, time table, communication plan and mitigation like preparing mobile water tankers and static water tankers,” KeTTHA said in a statement.
The current hot spell that started since early January and the lack of rain at water catchment areas had affected water level at reservoirs throughout the country.
Water levels in the main rivers that provide untreated water to water treatment plants had also dropped due to the current hot spell.
Thus far, only Syarikat Air Johor Holdings (SAJH) has been given approval by SPAN to carry out a water rationing exercise in Kluang.
Apart from Kluang in Johor, two other states, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor have been put on the alert list due to a drop in water level at the main dams.
KeTTHA said the situation in Negeri Sembilan was still under control and no water rationing was required for the time being because Syarikat Air Negeri Sembilan Sdn Bhd (SAINS) has taken steps to overcome the problem.
In Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, KeTTHA said the two treatment plants in Cheras Batu 11 and Bukit Tampoi remained closed due to pollution (high contents of ammonia).
KeTTHA also advised consumers to not waste water. — Bernama