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Malaysians still not saving water despite rationing

Published on Apr 1, 2014 12:30 PM
 
A Selangor resident helping her neighbour hoist a pail of water. Selangor's dams are running dry, but its residents are still using nearly as much water as they were when the dams were full. -- FILE PHOTO: THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Selangor's dams are running dry, but its residents are still using nearly as much water as they were when the dams were full.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry secretary-general Datuk Loo Took Gee said people in Selangor were only using 7 per cent less water despite the water rationing in the state.

As of Monday morning, the Sungai Selangor dam in Kuala Kubu Baru recorded a 36.53 per cent capacity. Its critical level is 30 per cent - which will be reached in just two weeks if water levels consistently drop.

"Despite the water rationing, the regulator has found that the (amount of) water saved is a mere 7 per cent. The demand has only dropped by (that much)," Ms Loo said in an interview, citing National Water Services Commission figures.

 
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