PADANG BESAR: The government has decided to build two tube wells at the Timah Tasoh Dam area immediately to help residents whose water supply has been disrupted due to the drought.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the wells, which cost about RM200,000 each, would be built as soon as a suitable location was identified.
He, however, did not elaborate on the amount of water that could be supplied by the tube wells.
“This is the option that is available…. only groundwater can be drawn to fulfil the supply for domestic and agricultural use, following the El Nino phenomenon,” he told reporters after inspecting the Timah Tasoh Dam here, today.
Shahidan said he had asked the Perlis Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS) to look for suitable areas around the dam, and hoped that it could be settled within two weeks.
He said the tube wells would also serve as a long-term backup solution if droughts were to occur again in the future.
In another development, he said cloud seeding operations in Perlis were still ongoing.
The dam’s water level dropped a furhter 0.03 metres today to 26.23 m, and there was only about 29.84 per cent of water remaining.
Perlis JPS director Mohamad Nor Hafiz Noor Azmi said if water rationing were to be implemeted, the affected areas would be Beseri, Chuping, Padang Besar, Kaki Bukit and Titi Tinggi, involving more than 13,000 domestic users.
However, he said Kangar, Arau and Kuala Perlis were not affected, as the water supplied by the Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA) was sufficient.