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JOHOR BARU, Dec 30, 2015:

The scheduled water supply to Pasir Gudang, Masai and parts of Johor Baru district has ended today due to the increase in water levels at the Sungai Layang dam recently.

The move was due to higher rainfall as well as the initiatives undertaken by both the Johor state government and state water utility company SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd to increase and maintain water levels.

SAJ Holdings corporate communications chief Jamaluddin Jamil said the decision to end the scheduled water operations was made after a detailed study on the current rainfall distribution patterns and also on-going projects.

“This includes the effectiveness of the water transfer project at the Tiram branch to Layang Dam and the transfer of raw water from Sungai Johor to Layang Dam.

“We also assessed the ability of the Sultan Iskandar water treatment plant In treating raw water and distributing it according to its capacity,” he said in a statement today.

Jamaluddin said SAJ was optimistic about the initiatives undertaken despite the present level in the reservoir being at 21.30m, which is below the critical level of 23.50m.

He explained that the raw water at the dam was still exposed to dry weather expected to hit the country between January and March next year.

However, Jamaluddin cautioned that if the dry weather persisted, SAJ might re-introduce the scheduled water supply to ensure the ability of the dam to operate optimally.

“Therefore, users in these areas must continue to use water sparingly to maintain the dam’s water levels.”

Meanwhile, the scheduled water supply will continue until Jan 15 next year for the areas of Mukim Tanjung Surat, Mukim Pantai Timur and Mukim Pengerang in Kota Tinggi.

The areas receive raw water from the Sungai Lebam dam.

Jamaluddin said although the raw water transfer project from Sungai Papan to the Sungai Lebam dam was successful, the rise in water levels was still not significant.

“However, the scheduled water supply in those areas will be automatically cancelled if the water level in the dam improves and the water processing plant is able to operate at normal production capacity.”

The scheduled water supply in Johor started since August this year and involved 23 water tankers, 175 static water tanks and a total of 201 additional personnel.

Since the start of this year, Johor has been plagued with low water levels in its main dams due to the weather and increase in water usage.

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