Singapore supplying additional potable water to Johor after urgent request: PUB

Water pipes seen along the Causeway linking Singapore to Johor. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Johor's water regulatory body Badan Kawalselia Air Johor (Bakaj) has made an an urgent request for an additional supply of 6 million gallons of treated water per day for the next three days, PUB said on Sunday (July 17).

It added that Bakaj requires the water to stabilise their own supply system in Johor Baru following a shutdown on Wednesday due to pollution in the Johor River.

PUB said it has readily acceded to the request and began supplying the additional water to Johor since midnight on Sunday, continuing to do so for the next three days.

Service to PUB's customers in Singapore will not be affected in any way, it noted, due to its ability to increase local production on short notice.

Under the 1962 Water Agreement with Malaysia, PUB is obliged to sell 5mgd of treated water to Johor in exchange for drawing 250mgd of raw water from the Johor River.

In practice, PUB said it has been regularly providing Johor up to 16mgd of treated water each day.

The latest request for 6mgd is on top of the regular amount provided to Johor daily, PUB noted.

In June, with the current dry weather severely affecting water levels in Johor's Sungai Layang dam, Bakaj had also requested that PUB provide an additional 6mgd per day for a month.

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