Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Five districts in Selangor to face water disruptions

Some 349,000 account holders in five districts are expected to face unscheduled water cuts due to a halt in the operations at the Sg Semenyih treatment plant after the river was suspected to be contaminated by palm oil.

Syabas chief operating officer Datuk Lee Miang Koi said the plant provided treated water for consumers in Petaling, Hulu Langat, Sepang, Klang and Kuala Langat.

“Syabas is still identifying the areas that are expected to be impacted,” he said, adding that the plant, which was run by Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd, stopped operating at around 1.30pm yesterday.

This disruption, he said, was unrelated to the water cuts due to the recent failure of pump houses in Wangsa Maju and Pudu Hulu.

In SHAH ALAM, the Malay Economic Consultative Council (Mapem) urged the Selangor Government not to politicise water issues but to instead work to replace the aged water assets used by Syabas.

Urging for immediate action, its honorary secretary Halim Mohamad pointed out that the disruptions in water supply were affecting businesses.

Speaking to reporters after a briefing by Syabas, Halim said the state government should replace aged water assets and build more infrastructure such as pump houses.

“We accept Syabas' explanation that the water crisis is due to the failure of the Wangsa Maju and Pudu Ulu pump houses. Technically, we accept that the pump failures are due to age factors and overload usage,” he said.

The state executive councillors, he said, should reduce politicking and instead prioritise the people's needs.


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