KLUANG, March 27 (Bernama) — The announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday on the construction of a dam costing RM105 million in Kahang to provide clean water has brought a sigh of relief to local residents.
The State Assemblyman for Mahkota, Md Jais Sarday, said the announcement would resolve the problem of water supply faced by the people of Kluang all this while.
“Without the new dam, we will not have any water supply for the whole of Kluang within the next three to five years,” he told Bernama, here Sunday.
The State Exco for Youth and Sports said the water supplied to the people of Kluang from the dam in Semberong Barat and Semberong Timur currently could not cater to the needs of the 330,000 people living in the district.
The Prime Minister, while attending a dinner with the people here last night, had announced the government’s agreement to build a dam in Kahang to supply water to the people of Kluang.
Md Jais said that within the next three to five years, the Kluang district was expected to register a substantial population growth which called for an immediate solution to the water supply problem.
“In the immediate future, there will be 30,000 units of new houses in several housing estates in Kluang, which will aggravate the water supply problem in the district to reach a critical level,” he said.
The Semberong Barat Dam currently could only supply 55 million litres of water per day, compared with the 76 million litres per day required by the people of Kluang.
Meanwhile, the Semberong Timur Dam which should supply 30 million litres of water per day to the people of Kluang, could only supply 27.8 million litres per day.
Md Jais said that in view of the problems faced by the two dams, the people of Kluang had to experience water rationing at times since 2003.
Source : Bernama