The Perak Water Board (LAP) held its meeting on Thursday, July 11 at its headquarters in Ipoh. It was presided by Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir who is the board chairman. At the media conference following the meeting, Zambry alluded to the current dry spell and its after effects.
Taiping, long considered the wettest town in Malaysia, suffered its very first water crisis sometime ago. This happened when the Air Kuning dam was unable to supply sufficient drinking water to Taiping residents.
Water quality in Perak is generally good, said the Menteri Besar. His main worry, however, is wastage. He urged the public to conserve water and to use it judiciously, especially with the El Nino season coming our way.
“We’ll ensure that there’ll not be any disruption during the Hari Raya season. But the public need to play their part too,” he told reporters.
The state, according to Zambry, is ready to sell treated water to neighbouring states that are facing water shortage. “Treated water not untreated water,” he stressed.
The water board is looking into the possibilities of building water treatment plants at the border regions to facilitate this move.