Water at Johor dam below critical level

Sungai Lebam Dam (Bernama pic)

KOTA TINGGI: Residents around Kota Tinggi have been advised to use water sparingly as the water level at the Sungai Lebam Dam near here, which supplies water to the area, is almost two metres below the critical level.

Johor International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah said the normal water level for the dam was 14m, while the critical level is 12.7m. Current readings put it at 10.9m.

“The current hot and dry spell is a cause of concern for the Johor government. We do not want any water supply problems here as there are about 100,000 residents in areas like Pengerang, Teluk Ramunia, Air Tawar and Tanjung Balau,” he said, adding that there was still sufficient water supply for about 70 days.

Puah said the Lok Heng Dam here was also showing a water reserve level of two metres, just 50cm above the critical level.

“The supply can only last for 21 days. If it continues to decline, it will affect about 20,000 residents. But we have a backup plan where we will dig three tube wells in the area near the dam,” he said.