The water supply in Perak is still good and water level in all the treatment plants in the state is normal in spite of the dry weather.
Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir was speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of the Perak Water Board (PWB). There are 46 plants in the state and water level is normal in all except for one in Taiping. The water level decreased by 23 per cent. There was disruption of water supply to about 200 houses during peak hours. Tankers are on standby to deliver water if the situation worsens.
He added that the water level in the Sultan Azlan Shah Dam, which is the main source of supply for the Kinta Valley and supplies water to more than 800,000 people, is well above the critical mark.
All the dams in the state have enough water for the next four months even if the dry weather continues. Zambry informed that the Meteorological Department expects the dry weather to end by the end of March.
Zambry said that Non Revenue Water (NRW) is 30.4 per cent and is comparable with other states. One per cent decrease in NRW can save RM2.4 million. Perak Water Board plans to reduce it to 25 per cent by 2020 and has allocated a budget of RM20 million this year to commence mitigation projects.
Zambry said that the state government has set up a special team under the State Security Council to monitor the increase in number of fires and how to combat them.