Monday, 2 September 2013

Still no water for some

While supply has resumed in certain areas of the Klang Valley, others are either still without water or are facing low water pressure.

Wong Wei Hwang said there had either been no water or low pressure in his housing area at Taman Sri Rampai in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur for more than five months.

“We are alerted about the disruption sometimes, but most of the time, no notice is given,” said the 26-year-old, adding that his area often did not have water.

“Water disruption happens every month; In August, it happened at least five days,” he said.

“Various excuses have been given including problems at the Wangsa Maju pump house.”

As such, the latest disruption on Friday night feels no different.

“It is very troublesome because we cannot cook and clean, and we do not eat at restaurants because there is no water supply in the whole area.

“I had to go to my grandmother’s house in Taman Seputeh on Saturday to shower, have dinner and store clean water. If the situation does not improve, I may need to make another visit to do my laundry.”

Wong said residents were frustrated with the numerous excuses given by water concessionaire Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) and want a permanent solution to fix their water woes.

Cecilia Song, who is recovering from surgery, said her schedule had been disrupted as her family had to go elsewhere to eat and bathe.

“Water disruption has occurred frequently over the past two years, and presently, there is still no water supply in Bukit Antarabangsa, Ulu Klang,” said the 52-year-old.

“We always get our water a day after others,’’ she said, adding that the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) should change the pump because of problems with the current one.

Lim Kok Siang, 34, who stays in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, said he and his family had to take their shower at the golf club where they hold membership.

“There was already a large crowd when we went to the clubhouse on Saturday evening and the water pressure was low,” said the businessman.

“My family was unable to store water as there was no supply by the time we found out on Friday evening.”

Lim said a number of businesses in Kota Kemuning such as car wash services and restaurants were closed on Saturday.

“There was a low turnout at the Muhibbah Walk event organised by our residents association as people kept outdoor activities to a minimum or went to other areas with normal water supply.

“The three main supermarkets in our neighbourhood also ran out of mineral and drinking water by late Sunday morning,” he said, adding that the water supply had since resumed.

According to Syabas, 880,000 domestic accounts or 60% of accounts in six districts, namely Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Klang/Shah Alam, Gombak, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor were affected by the water disruption.

The disruption occurred as a result of the closure of four water treatment plants due to oil contamination of Sungai Selangor.


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