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    Apr 26, 2016

    Johor will still supply water to S'pore despite dry spell


    JOHOR will continue to supply water to Singapore daily during the current dry spell by ensuring enough rain water is collected at the Singapore-operated Linggiu Reservoir and enhancing the role of a barrage for blocking intrusion of sea water into the Johor River, the state's public works chief said yesterday.

    Although Johor launched water rationing last week, affecting 85,000 residents and industrial users up to mid-May, the state will abide by its agreement to supply 250 million gallons of water daily to Singapore, according to Hasni Mohammad, Johor's Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman.

    The water level of the 20-year-old Linggiu dam - whose role is to release water downstream into the Johor River to push back sea water so as to improve the yield of the water flowing to Singapore - is now at a historic low of 35 per cent, reported The Star daily.

    That means the water stored there might not be sufficient to do its job.

    Cloud seeding will be carried out around dams in Johor to spur rainfall, The Star quoted Mr Hasni as saying.

    "We will still be able to meet Singapore's needs despite the drop (in Linggiu's water level)," he added, referring to Johor's water supply agreement with Singapore, which expires only in 2061.

    He also referred to the RM90 million (S$31 million) barrage being built to keep salt water from coming into the Johor River.

    "The barrage will be fully operational in the next few months," he said.

    Earlier, Mr Hasni told Utusan Malaysia that water supply contingencies will be activated if water levels at Johor's reservoirs fall below 40 per cent.

    "Awareness programmes will be launched to educate the public on alternative water supplies and water conservation. There will also be up to 40 rounds of cloud seeding this year," he added.

    Imported water makes up about 60 per cent of Singapore's total consumption needs, said The Star.