Thursday, 17 January 2013

49,000 still affected by water supply disruption

It may be another five days before taps that went dry after a seven-hour shutdown of the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant run again.

Syabas corporate affairs executive director Abdul Halem Mat Som said that as at 8pm last night, 49,000 people were still affected by the disruption in water supply.

“We managed to restore water supply, except for consumers in specific parts of Kajang, Bangi, Semenyih and some areas of Petaling,” he said here yesterday.

Abdul Halem said 24,000 of those affected were in the Hulu Langat district while the rest were in the Petaling district.

“Disruption will end in less than a week,” he said.

It was reported that the Konsortium Abass-run Sungai Semenyih plant ceased operation for seven hours on Monday after pollutants were found in the river.

(Konsortium Abass is a subsidiary of Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor, which in turn is a member of Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad, Selangor's state investment arm.)

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui has warned that those responsible for polluting raw water supply must be found and prosecuted.

He also said that continued use of water during the shutdown had emptied reservoirs in Bangi, Kajang, Sungai Chua and Semenyih, leading to supply disruptions that were expected to last up to seven days in some areas.

Syabas, said Abdul Halem, was also setting up consumer service centres in affected areas for the public to request for water tankers.

He said while supply from the Semenyih treatment plant catered to over 1.5 million people, or 349,000 account holders, the shutdown had affected around 100,000 account holders.

Syabas' task, stressed Abdul Halem, was only to distribute water, adding that it was up to the Selangor Government to ensure its rivers were clean.
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