Car-wash curfew as Selangor tackles water woes

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All car-wash centres in Selangor will only be allowed to operate six hours daily as the state increases its effort to tackle its water woes.

As the water level at the Sungai Selangor dam drops by the day, the state government, following a special meeting last night, ordered local councils to close down all illegal car-wash centres in their respective jurisdictions with immediate effect as a move to conserve water.

The meeting also decided that licensed car-wash centres will only be allowed to operate for six hours every day, from noon to 6pm."Notices will be distributed by the local councils to car wash operators in the state soonest possible to allow for necessary preparations be made," the statement said.

The state government also said that it was working hard to ensure there is sufficient water supply in the state that would last throughout the El Nino phenomenon.

It was reported that the United Nation’s weather agency, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), has said that El Nino, which sparks climate extremes around the globe, is likely to take hold in the Pacific Ocean by the end of the year.

WMO said there was an 80% likelihood that El Nino could start between October and November and 60% that it would do so between now and end of August.

Meanwhile, the state government insisted that water rationing exercise would only be conducted as a last resort only if all efforts to conserve water were unsuccessful.

"At the same time, users in Selangor should save water and avoid wastage."

It added that mitigation efforts, as announced earlier, are still ongoing. The continued effort included lowering the output of water at the Sungai Selangor dam to 700 million litres per day and Sungai Tinggi dam (500 milion litres per day).

The supply of raw water to the water treatment plants aided by the pumping of water from alternative pools into the river has increased the capacity to 500 million litres per day. The total output is expected to reach 800 million litres per day with the installation of additional pumps beginning tomorrow.

"Cloud seeding operations are also being conducted continously with cooperation from the Royal Malaysian Air Force, Meteorological Department and Syarikat AF Jet Sdn Bhd throughout Selangor." – August 7, 2014.