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Postby movingtospore » Sat, 01 Mar 2014 9:37 am

Have any of the long-term expats here been through a drought like this before? And will the powers that be ever step up and start encouraging people to stop wasting on water when the reservoirs here and in Malaysia are running very low?

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Postby x9200 » Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:23 am

I recall periods like this in the past 10y but not at the very beginning of new year (rather in April-May).

What scare me more is that with this drought around for 2 months or so I still not see the dengue that well under control.

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Postby PNGMK » Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:37 am

It's the longest dry period since records began (only 50 years ago). However if you look at what the Brits did when they moved her (MacRitchie reservoir etc) I suspect this has happened before 'off record'.

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Postby Wd40 » Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:45 am

IIRC, Feb 2010 was exactly like this. I remember all the grass turning dry, just like how it has now.

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Postby scarbowl » Sun, 02 Mar 2014 7:29 am

Lots of news about Selangor and other areas in M'laysis rationing water whilst the country continues to ship water to non-rationing Singapore. A little rabble rousing by affected M'laysian citizens might be expected!

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Re: Drought

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:11 am

movingtospore wrote:Have any of the long-term expats here been through a drought like this before? And will the powers that be ever step up and start encouraging people to stop wasting on water when the reservoirs here and in Malaysia are running very low?


They used to do it often but since Singapore has almost become self sufficient for water using newater and desalination they are not really dependent so much on the piped in water from malaysia. In fact, for many years Singapore and treated a lot of that water and sold it back to malaysia. Not sure if they are still doing that or not though. But I have seen little blurbs recently on "using water wisely" but if it keep up I reckon out of prudence they will go full on. I've seen MacRitchie a whole lot lower back in the 1980's.

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Re: Drought

Postby PNGMK » Sun, 02 Mar 2014 12:45 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
movingtospore wrote:Have any of the long-term expats here been through a drought like this before? And will the powers that be ever step up and start encouraging people to stop wasting on water when the reservoirs here and in Malaysia are running very low?


They used to do it often but since Singapore has almost become self sufficient for water using newater and desalination they are not really dependent so much on the piped in water from malaysia. In fact, for many years Singapore and treated a lot of that water and sold it back to malaysia. Not sure if they are still doing that or not though. But I have seen little blurbs recently on "using water wisely" but if it keep up I reckon out of prudence they will go full on. I've seen MacRitchie a whole lot lower back in the 1980's.


+1. I suspect MY needs Singapore to keep treating that water and selling it back even more right now.

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Postby beppi » Sun, 02 Mar 2014 5:48 pm

I remember a campaign against washing cars during a dry spell in the 90ies - not sure if it was just discouraged or actually forbidden then.
Periods of drought are usually followed by haze, because Indonesian jungle burns better when dry.

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Postby movingtospore » Sun, 02 Mar 2014 8:51 pm

It's a bit weird tho'...this see/hear/say no evil approach...everything is fine, carry on...

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Postby PNGMK » Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:35 pm

I'm going to buy a 220L barrel tomorrow and fill it with potable water in my apartment.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:47 pm

Watch out for the NEA and mozzie breeding.

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Postby the lynx » Mon, 03 Mar 2014 9:56 am

Great for drying laundry though...

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Postby QRM » Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:30 am

All the animals are coming out of the jungles looking for food? never had monkeys here before but recently they have been trying to open garbage bags

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Postby Barnsley » Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:43 am

I am liking the dry weather .......

The breezy afternoons n evenings are quite pleasant unless on the water dragon boating, never known it so windy for so many consecutive weekends.
Life is short, paddle harder!!

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:45 am

...and the haze coming back again from Indonesia.


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