Wednesday, 16 January 2013

We never claimed lack of funds - Syabas

Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) has denied allegations that it does not have enough funds to repair the Wangsa Maju and Pudu Hulu Baru pump houses which broke down recently.

Its technical development division executive director V. Subramaniam said Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had accused Syabas of giving excuses like insufficient funds to repair the pumps because water tariffs had not been raised.

He also claimed that Abdul Khalid had stated that the Selangor Govern­ment would step in if Syabas had insufficient funds and was incapable of managing water supply.

“We never made such claims. But if the state government, which holds 30% equity in Syabas, is willing to provide the necessary funds for the maintenance of the pump houses, such a move would be most welcome,” Subramaniam said.

On the breakdown of the pumps, Subramaniam said: “The pumps broke down because they had been operating above design capacity or were on ‘overload’ for long periods of time. We have a dedicated log book for all maintenance activities at the stations.”

A copy of the log book had already been forwarded to the National Water Service Commission (SPAN) which would audit the maintenance work.

The breakdown has affected some 500,000 residents in Cheras, Gombak and Ampang.

Meanwhile, Subramaniam said work on a bypass system at the Wangsa Maju pump house, which began on Jan 8, was completed on Monday.

Additional supply of treated water was channelled using the bypass system to a water reservoir at AU3 for distribution.

“As of now, the water supply to all affected areas in Gombak is fully recovered while 95% of Kuala Lumpur has its water supply restored.

“The remaining areas are expected to receive their supply latest by today,” Subramaniam said.

Source : CLICK


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