60 ponds, lakes to serve as water resources if Klang Valley is hit by drought

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KUALA LUMPUR: More than 60 ponds and lakes have been identified to have the potential to be used as additional water resources as a long-term preparation if a drought hits the Klang Valley in 2025 as forecast.

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Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS) director Hasrolnizam Shaari said 21 of these ponds had been approved by the state government to be widened and deepened to increase their capacity.

This work will be carried out by the Selangor government’s subsidiary, Kumpulan Semester Sdn Bhd.

“We have already updated the status of more than 60 ponds and lakes identified, including the status of the land and their usability,” Hasrolnizam said when appearing as a guest on Bernama TV’s “Koresponden Bernama” to discuss Selangor’s preparations in tackling any drought in future.

He said LUAS had also built other infrastructure to ensure that water from the ponds could be channelled or pumped to the water treatment plants or rivers.

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Hasrolnizam said LUAS had also developed an app that can record the amount of water available in real-time in preparation for releasing water from the ponds or lakes for use.

Recently, he was reported to have said that the water supply in the Klang Valley would be sufficient for eight months if a drought hits this region in 2025 as forecast.

Currently, the entire population in the Klang Valley, including Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, covering 6.5 million residents, receives treated water supply from Selangor, with a total daily consumption of 500 million litres.-BERNAMA