KUDAT: Early precautionary measures have prevented water supply disruption to villages despite the water catchment at Pinangsoo having almost dried up due to the prolonged drought caused by El Nino.
Minister with Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang said the Kudat District Water Department had begun connecting the villages that received water supply from Pinangsoo Water Treatment Plant to Milau Dam since early this year as a precaution against the dry spell.
“Four months ago, we have foreseen that the drought caused by El Nino might become very serious and affect the operation at Pinangsoo Water Treatment Plant.”
Teo, who is also Tanjong Kapor assemblyman, said the water treatment plant supplied water to nearby villages.
“At that time, the Kudat District Water Department gradually started to connect the several villages that receive water supply from Pinangsoo Water Treatment Plant to Milau Dam.
“The work was done within four months. So although the Pinangsoo (water catchment) is dried up, the villages nearby are not affected as they have water supply from Milau Dam.”
Teo said this after visiting the water catchment at Pinangsoo here recently along with his political secretary Peter Chong, liaison secretary Albert Kok and Tanjong Kapor community development leader Datuk Peter Chin.
Teo also urged residents in Kudat to conserve water during the drought season.