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Published: Wednesday January 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 5:06:04 PM

Ampang and KL folk have to bear with water disruption a while more

WATER woes are expected to continue indefinitely for 28,000 households in Kuala Lumpur and Ampang as Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) works to increase its water reserves after its pump houses in Wangsa Maju and Pudu Hulu Baru suffered a breakdown on Jan 1.

As of yesterday, water has been restored in 95% of Gombak area and 40% of other areas in Kuala Lumpur and Ampang.

During a press conference, Syabas chief operating officer Datuk Lee Miang Koi said although the pumps in Wangsa Maju were fixed by Jan 2, they had to reduce the water pumping rate to 180 million litres daily (MLD) compared to the previous 210MLD.

“We had to decrease the pumping rate by 30MLD because the pumps could not handle the load.The system will trip whenever we try to increase the rate,” said Lee.

He added that it would take longer than the estimated seven days for water to be fully restored in the affected areas.

When asked, Lee said he could not comment as to the exact date residents could expect their water supply to be restored.

“At present, the Wangsa Maju pump house has the capacity to distribute 4,436MLD, but water demand in the area is very high. We don’t have the water reserves to help with the recovery process,” he added.

To help combat the situation, Lee said 40 Syabas water tankers had been deployed to the affected areas with an additional seven water tankers from Johor, four from Perak, two each from Malacca and Penang, and one from Negri Sembilan.

Lee said the Selangor government through the local authorities had contributed three water tankers, but had stopped operating after two days.

A total of 250 static water tanks had been placed at strategic locations.

“We have made over 1,036 trips to affected areas around Kuala Lumpur and 498 trips to Gombak to distribute water,” Lee said.

Commenting on complaints by residents, Lee said Syabas did not have enough water tankers to meet the demand.

“Of course, we wish we had a schedule. But, the affected areas are too spread out and there are too many households. That’s why we have instructed 1,000 personnel to operate around-the-clock to meet their demand,” he said.

He urged consumers to use water sparingly during this period.

Lee said a proposal to set up additional pumping system in Wangsa Maju was made to the Selangor government in 2009 but the project and loan was only approved in March 2012.

He said the proposal to build the system was made after realising that water supply disruption would occur as the pump house in Wangsa Maju was operating above its capacity.

“As yet, we don’t know when the system will be fully operational as the state government is still discussing the project’s design plans.” Lee said.

He said the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant Project by the Federal Government should be completed as soon as possible because the pump system was only a short-term solution.

Those who wish to contact Syabas can do so through its toll-free number at 1-800-88-5252 or visit www.syabas.com.my

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Family & Community, syabas, water cut, lee miang koi, ampang, wangsa maju pump house

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