IPOH , Feb 15 — The major water disruption in Seri Iskandar, about 40km from Ipoh which has been going on since Tuesday night is expected to improve later this evening.
Perak State Public Utilities, Infrastructure, Energy and Water Committee chairman Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharudin said about 40,000 residents including 13,000 accounted customers were affected due to the disruption.
Zainol said the authorities had to stop the operation of water treatment plant following a rapid drop in the Sungai Perak water level.
“The water level dropped to the minimum operating level and this has seized the operation of the raw water pump at around 11pm on Tuesday,” he said in a statement sent via Whatsapp.
Following the disruption, Zainol said the Perak Water Board (PWB) had activated the auxiliary pump which is located on the river banks to pump the water from the river to the raw water pump.
Zainol also said PWB was informed by the Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) that they only released 127 cubic meter of water from the Chenderoh Dam to Sungai Perak instead of the normal rate which is about 221 cubic meters.
“PWB had requested TNB to release more water from the dam to the river.
“And on Wednesday at about 9.30am, TNB had informed us that they have released 221 cubic meters of water from the dam,” he said.
Zainol also said the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) had estimated that the water from the Chenderoh Dam will take about 24 to 28 hours to reach the Sungai Perak.
Zainol also said PWB, DID and TNB will hold a coordination meeting in order to make sure future incidents like this can be avoided.