New design by Blogger
Today,I changed this blog using a nice new template from Blogger.It has been more than a year since I last updated this blog.Actually,I have been blogging almost daily from my 'general' blog called The Reader
. This blog is dedicated to any technical matters on water.
Until and unless SPAN is full operational,our water industry shall remain where it is.Lately, I heard Parliament has passed the relevant Bill. Hopefully, something is going to happe next year.
Bon for Water
Billions of ringgit is required to finance our water projects.The Minister is thinking aloud to explore bon market to source for fund.
Water capex is a long term investment;hence it needs long term finance at lower coupun rate. I hope the financial wizards will engineer a financial package all parties win i.e the government, the water operator and the consumers.
Round Table Discussion
MWA is going to have a round table discussion on 26/7/04 ON WATER
SERVICES IN A REGULATED ENVIRONMENT.
InsyaAllah, I will be there.
Another not so good news about water:
The Star Online > Nation
Saturday June 26, 2004
States on water alert as dry spell sets in
Water cycle Website
PETALING JAYA: The water level at dams nationwide is dipping and the weatherman predicts a drought that will drag until September.
Several state water authorities are already on alert, with many of them advising consumers to use water sparingly.
The south-westerly winds the country is now experiencing is not going to bring any heavy rain, said the Malaysian Meteorological Services Department.
Its director, Kang Thean Shong, said rain was not expected in most parts of the peninsular with the current winds.
“Some afternoon thunderstorms are only expected after September when we go into the inter-monsoon season,” he said.
Kang said the department was planning to carry out cloud seeding in various parts of the country, but this would depend on cloud formations.
“We are getting ready to carry out cloud seeding. However, because of current conditions, we are unable to because suitable clouds cannot be found,” he said.
In Mersing, Johor, the water level at the Congok Dam dropped to a critical level, from 5m to 3.8m, dipping below the critical level of 4m, according to
SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd corporate communication department head Jamaluddin Jamil.
Water tanks are being used to supply water to some 13,000 affected residents in the district.
Water levels of six dams in the Klang Valley also took a dip, with the Sungai Langat Dam recording the highest drop of 4.87m to 216.09m from its capacity of 220.96m.
Selangor Water Management Corporation Bhd (PUAS) general manager (operations) V. Subramaniam said the water level at the Klang Gates Dam dropped by 2.95m, Sungai Tinggi by 1.13m, Sungai Semenyih by 0.97m, Sungai Batu by 0.21m and Sungai Selangor by 0.1m.
In Sarawak, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said the state was bracing for a drought, directing all 11 divisions to reactivate their disaster relief committees and prepare for any eventualities.
In Sabah, the dry spell in northern Kota Marudu and Kudat has stopped farmers from planting padi due to the drying up of their irrigation canals and rivers.
State Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan said water department offices in various districts were also taking steps to meet any emergency requirements to supply water in the event the dry spell affects water sources and reservoirs in the state.
In Penang, a State Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) official said the water level in the main dams in the state – Teluk Bahang and Air Itam on the island and the Mengkuang on the mainland – had dipped but not to a critical stage.
He said the water capacity at the dams, which were about 95% full in January, was now about 60% at Mengkuang, 66% at Air Itam and 74% at Teluk Bahang.
In Negri Sembilan, Energy, Water, Telecommunication and Rural Development Committee chairman Jamlus Aziz said the situation was not serious although the supply level at certain dams, particularly Sungai Terip, had dipped slightly due to the dry weather over the past few days.
He said the state water department had prepared a contingency plan in case the level dip further.
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Penang to review water tariffs
By: (Wed, 23 Jun 2004)
PENANG: Penang Water Supply Corporation is reviewing its water tariffs, currently the lowest in the country.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who is the chairman of PBA Holdings, said the last review was conducted in 2000.
He said a new review was necessary owing to the rising costs in managing water supply.
Koh said one way to reduce water wastage was to increase water tariffs, especially since Penangites consume the most water per capita in the country.
It has been more than a year I have not written anything here. What triggers me to write again is that for the last two weeks,the people of Cameron Highland is HIGH AND DRY-no water. Water is supplied by tankers.
What worries me more is that the Interbasin Water Transfer project from Pahang to Selangor has yet to take off on the ground. I expected delay of at least three years- meaning Klang Valley water supply will face problems from 2007 to 2010.
I am retiring from Malaysian Water Association council as from next month.However, I shall remain as ordinary member.
Basra is cut off from water supply after US invaded Iraq.Water is a very good weapon to kill people slowly .....and blame on someone else.