Ahad, Mac 14, 2010

Hujan Datang Lagi...

Alhamdulillah, pagi ni bila bangun dari tidur, apa yang aku lihat pokok-pokok dan rumput di sekeliling rumah basah. Pastinya hujan turun lebat malam tadi. Semalam sewaktu aku ke Jasin, pun hujan turun juga. Bandar raya Melaka dibasahi hujan setelah berbulan-bulan bumi ini kering dek cuaca panas.

Rata-rata akhbar melaporkan beberapa bandar di Malaysia direkodkan oleh Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia mengalami suhu panas antaranya di Chuping, 36.3 darjah Celcius, Selangor mencatat 33-34 darjah Celcius dan suhu di Melaka pula direkodkan mencapai 37 darjah Celcius.

Bagi negeri Melaka, amaran penjimatan air dalam penggunaan seharian diberikan oleh Kerajaan Negeri setelah Empangan Durian Tunggal mencatatkan penurunan sehingga 60 peratus. Kebimbangan ini berasas di mana negeri ini pernah mengalami krisis bekalan air yang buruk sekitar tahun 90an. Namun begitu, kerajaan mengambil langkah drastik mengepam air dari Sungai Gerisek di Muar untuk menampung keperluan bekalan air sedia ada.

Laporan akhbar dipetik daripada The Star dan The New Straits Times adalah seperti berikut:

Monday March 1, 2010

Sungai Jernih identified as the source of Malacca’s third dam


ALTHOUGH it happened almost two decades ago in 1991, the memory of the six-month-long water shortage of that year still lingers in the minds of Malaccans.

Families, irrespective of status, race or religion, had to endure the prolonged daily water rationing.

Hotels and factories paid thousands of ringgit to get water for their businesses.

Well prepared: Mohd Ali checking on water being drawn from Sungai Gerisik in Muar for storage at the Durian Tunggal Dam in Alor Gajah.

It was common to see houses in the city and its outskirts having an assortment of pails and containers on their porches to store all the water they could get.

Fears of water rationing has come back to haunt Malaccans.

The hot and dry spell resulted in media reports of water levels at dams in several states being lower than usual.

However, the concerns were laid to rest when Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam announced that the water level at the Durian Tunggal Dam in Alor Gajah and the Jus Dam in Jasin were satisfactory.

It was found that the levels at Durian Tunggal and Jus were 73% and 74% respectively while the normal levels is 82%.

Mohd Ali said the supply was ample to meet Malacca’s daily water needs of 103 million litres.

Because of the lessons of the past, the state is confident of a steady water supply despite the hot dry spell.

In 2000, the state embarked on several projects to address Malacca’s water needs.

Among them was the creation of the Jus Dam capable of storing 43 billion litres of water while the older Durian Tunggal Dam has a capacity of 32 billion litres.

There is also another 800 million litres stored at several bunds across the state besides some 30 million litres pumped daily from Muar River into the Durian Tunggal Dam.

Based on estimates, Malacca’s water supply will remain steady until 2018 before a shortage could occur.

As this is only eight years away, the state has identified Sungai Jernih as the source of Malacca’s third dam and intends to have the dam completed by 2022 to be secure about the state’s water needs.

With global warming looming as a reality, it is in the best interest of Malacca and its people to continue giving attention to managing the state’s water resources.

New Straits Times

'Taps won't run dry in Malacca'

MALACCA: The heat wave will not cause any water supply disruption to the 950,000 residents of the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam gave an assurance that the Durian Tunggal and Jus dams had sufficient capacity for the water needs in the state up to 2012.

"We are also constructing another dam at Sungai Jerneh in Lubok Cina, which is expected to be ready in two years.

"This new dam will ensure ample water supply to the state until 2022. We can also pump up to 90 million litres of water a day into the Durian Tunggal Dam from Sungai Grisek in Muar, Johor.

"The state government has taken measures to ensure that taps do not run dry," he said, adding that water was also sourced from Sungai Melaka and Sungai Kesang to ensure that the water level at the Durian Tunggal and Jus dams was always above 70 per cent.

Ali, who visited the Durian Tunggal dam, said the water levels at the two dams were at 73 and 74 per cent.

The state's bundle water storage area has the capacity to store an additional 800 million litres of water.

This is about a week's supply for the state, where about 103 million litres of water is used a day.

"Since the 2000 water crisis, the state government has implemented various projects to ensure that the drought that hit the state never recurs.

"This is why we do not mind paying up to RM12 million to pump water from Johor every year.

"Syarikat Air Melaka Bhd, which manages the dams, bundle water storage areas and water distribution in the state has also replaced the old pipes in Malacca to ensure clean and continuous water supply to the people."

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