Cloud seeding if Penang dam levels drop greatly

16 Jan 2020 / 21:48 H.

GEORGE TOWN: There has been abnormally low rainfall in the past four months in Penang, but the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) will only recommend cloud seeding to the state government if dam levels drop to 30%.

“We will monitor the water level at the dams (Air Itam and Teluk Bahang). PBAPP is also sending more water to Penang Island from Seberang Perai to maintain the level at Air Itam,“ PBAPP chief executive officer, Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa, told Bernama today.

Presently, the PBAPP website shows that the effective capacity at the Air Itam dam is 61.5%, at Teluk Bahang it is 39% and at the Mengkuang dam in Seberang Perai it is 73.6%.

During this period of heightened alert, Jaseni said Penangites should use water judiciously to avoid a water-rationing exercise and ensure there is enough water supply till April, when rain is expected.

“Avoid hosing your home and vehicle. Use a broom and mop instead. Wash your car or motorcycle less frequently, and use a bucket of water and sponge,“ he said. - Bernama

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