JOHOR BARU, July 1, 2015:

Despite the short afternoon downpour in parts of central and southern Johor, the critical water level of Sungai Sembrong Kiri in Kluang did not see any improvement .

The situation has forced state water company Syarikat Air Johor Holdings Sdn Bhd (SAJ), to be on alert of lower water production in the Kluang district yesterday.

It was learnt that more than 150,000 residents of the central Johor district may be affected by the situation.

SAJ corporate communications head Jamaluddin Jamal said the river’s situation was still critical and was measured at about 0.6m, today which was below the critical 0.8m mark.

“The level is the same reading as yesterday as the short rain did not fall on the river’s areas,” he told The Rakyat Post today.

Jamaluddin assured residents in Kluang, especially the town areas, that the situation was still manageable.

He said SAJ would continue to monitor the situation for a month, before embarking on the next course of action.

Jamaluddin also did not rule out the possibility of water scheduling or water cuts in the area if the situation persisted or deteriorated further.

“Water cuts, rationing and also scheduling exercises will only be SAJ’s last resort,” he said, adding that the situation would be back to normal once the water level reached above the 0.8m to 1m mark.

Yesterday, SAJ found a critical drop in water levels at the Sungai Sembrong Kiri river.

The drop was significant and saw a decrease of 0.4m from the normal 1m levels.

Sungai Sembrong Kiri river is an important source of water that channels upstream raw water to be processed at the company’s Sembrong Timur water treatment plant for central Johor.

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