IPOH: The Environment and Water Ministry will build more riverside water catchment projects (TAPS) in anticipation of a drought in 2025.
Its minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said besides optimising the function of existing reservoir ponds, the new catchment areas would serve as alternatives should the situation affect the main water source from the dam upstream.
"We are indeed monitoring the drought phenomenon that is expected to occur in 2025. This is our priority to ensure water resources can be conserved," he told reporters after opening the 30th Conference of Senior Managers and District Engineers of the Drainage and Irrigation Department Malaysia at Casuarina Hotel in Meru here today.
He said this in response to a question on the ministry's long-term preparations in facing drought and measures taken to ensure sufficient water supply.
TAPS is a method of storing raw water by creating ponds downstream, in riverside areas and near water plants. In addition to ensuring water supply, it can also help control the flood situation and does not require large costs.