The recent heatwave in Malaysia has taken a toll on the well-being of Malaysians as well as the environment. To make matters worse, the scorching weather is reported to be affecting water supplies, as one of Penang’s main water dams, the Air Itam Dam is said to only last until the end of June if the dry season persists.
Penang’s Air Itam Dam May Face Water Shortage At The End Of June
On 9 May, Penang’s state executive councillor Zairil Khir Johari revealed that the effective capacity of the Air Itam Dam has dropped to 41% at the time being, and it is expected to only last until the end of June if the current heatwave continues.
“The water supply in Air Itam Dam can only last for 42 days if it doesn’t rain,” he said during a press conference in Komtar.
He furthermore stated that there has been very little rain in the water catchment areas since January, despite the fact that Penang recorded more rainfall in April this year compared to last year. To bring about more rain, the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) conducted a cloud seeding exercise at water catchment areas, including Air Itam Dam and Teluk Bahang Dam which were found to be below 50% capacity.
According to Malay Mail, the Air Itam Dam is responsible for supplying about 6,000 consumers in Air Itam and Paya Terubong.
Penangites Encouraged To Conserve Water And Reduce Consumption
In the meantime, Zairil urged Penangites to reduce water consumption and save water. This is because high consumption is also one of the main reasons why the water supply is depleting.
He also said that apparently, Penang topped the list in the country with the highest consumption of 286 litres per capita per day (LCD).
“Even in Singapore, they use around 100 LCD, we are almost double that,” he stated.
Here are some effective ways to conserve water in your home:
- Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth or washing your plates
- Make sure there are no water leaks from taps, pipes and toilets
- Take a shower of 5 minutes or less
- Re-use water if possible
- Wash your car with a bucket of water, instead of using a hosepipe
Let’s do our part, Foodies and start saving water!
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