MELAKA: Although locals are facing a scorching heat wave, which the Malaysian Meteorological Department said is the side effect of Typhoon Lan, there is no fear of a water shortage in the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said water levels at all three dams in the state are at a safe level and remain under the close supervision of the Melaka Regulatory Body and relevant agencies.
“At the moment, the water level at all three dams is (satisfactory). They are still at a safe level and is far from reaching the drought alert,” he told a press conference after chairing the state executive council meeting at Seri Negeri on Wednesday.
As of 9.43am today, Idris said the water level at the Durian Tunggal dam was at 88.2 per cent, while the Jus dam and the Asahan dam were at 95.2 per cent and 100 per cent, respectively.
“Water level at all the dams is above the critical level and adequate, so there is no need for panic,” he said.
He added that the previous year, with the El Nino phenomenon, was worse because the water level at the Jus dam went down to below 50 per cent.
“We were worried because during the same period last year, the water level at the Jus dam was only at 48 per cent.
“This time, there have been mechanisms to have water pumped back to the dams to ensure adequate supply,” he said.