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Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 9:55:58 AM

Water cut carefully planned

Early notice: Some one million people in the Klang Valley are expected to be affected by the water disruption tomorrow. — filepic

Early notice: Some one million people in the Klang Valley are expected to be affected by the water disruption tomorrow. — filepic

THE water cut in several areas in the Klang Valley tomorrow to carry out maintenance work was scheduled because many people are on holiday and school is out.

According to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) Corporate Communications and Public Affairs assistant general manager Priscilla Alfred, the work involves replacement of components and pipe repairs at the Selangor River Phase 2 water treatment plant (SSP2) by Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd.

“This is being done this month as there is no school and many people are on holiday. Demand for water supply generally increases in the beginning of the year, so it is best we do it now,” she said.

A total of 217,694 user accounts or an estimated one million people in commercial and residential areas will be affected by the disruption that is expected to start at 8am and end at 9pm tomorrow.

Restoration of supply will be in stages from 9pm tomorrow until 8am on Sunday.

Priscilla said Syabas had ensured that all distribution reservoirs were filled to the maximum.

“There are ‘affected’ users who may not experience any disruption. Water supply recovery depends on the geographical location of the affected areas and those who live closer to the reservoirs or in low-lying areas are expected to get back supply faster,” she said.

Many residents have made preparations after learning that supply may take up to one week to resume.

Petaling Jaya Section 12 Residents Association vice-president Mahan Singh Gill has prepared early to ensure he has enough water during the disruption period.

“We have a water tank that should last for a few days. We are only keeping a few buckets of water for cooking. I also have a rainwater harvesting tank to store water for my plants,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pook Li Yun, who owns a house in Section 19 that has been turned into a community centre for the Centre for Environment, Technology, Development Malaysia, was not aware of the disruption.

However, she said they had three tanks for rainwater harvesting to water the organic plants grown in the garden and another two water tanks for other daily needs.

“We will still need to store pails of water just in case,” she said, adding that her husband and her were volunteers at the centre.

Tan Loke Chin, 61, who has been living in Bandar Sri Damansara for the last 10 years, said she would usually learn about these water cuts through friends.

“Normally, I keep a few pails of water but my area does not experience disruption despite being listed as an affected area. If not needed, I will use the stored water for cleaning,” she said.

Julian Suresh, 37, who lives in a condominium in Bukit Damansara, said he would store a some water, just in case.

“Only my wife and I live here and the disruption is expected to be during the day when we are both at work. So, I do not think we will be affected too badly.

“Our plan B is to either go back to my mother-in-law’s house in Petaling Jaya or my family’s place in Klang,” he said.

Pelangi Indah Condominium building manager Lim Ah Chai said he was unaware of the water cut but was confident the eight water tanks would be enough to see the residents through at the condominium located at 4½ Mile, Jalan Ipoh.

Shah Alam’s Section 25, Taman Sri Muda Zone A Rukun Tetangga (RT) chairman T. Mogan hoped that there would be rain and for Syabas to provide water, if necessary.

“At least, Syabas has given us three days to prepare” said Mogan.

Section 33 resident Mohd Teha Mohd Ali, a former employee of Syabas, said he believed the water disruption would not cause many problems as the work to upgrade the water treatment plant was necessary.

Syabas will not be providing water tankers as it is a scheduled disruption and early notice has been served. Exception will be made for critical users such as hospitals and dialysis centres.

A total of 66 tankers and 750 static tanks have been placed on standby in the event affected areas do not receive water supply within 24 hours.

Parts of the Kuala Lumpur, Gombak, Petaling and Klang/Shah Alam districts, including places such as the Royal Selangor Club, Plaza Damansara, Segambut, Batu Kentomen Camp, Bandar Baru Sentul, Jalan Duta Government Complex, Bukit Tunku, Taman Sri Hartamas, Putra World Trade Centre, Datuk Keramat DBKL flats, Bandar Sri Damansara, Jalan Klang Lama and Subang USJ will be affected.

For the full list of areas affected and updates on the disruption, go to www.syabas.com.my. Alternatively, visit Puspel’s Facebook or Twitter pages or call the toll-free number 1800-88-5252.

Tags / Keywords: Community, Central Region, Family & Community, Syabas water cut disruption maintenance treatment plant Selangor Phase 2

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