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Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 7:06:28 AM
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Selling fast: A shop in PJ Old Town selling containers for residents to fill water in preparation for water disruptions in the Klang Valley.
RESIDENTS have been storing water to prepare for the scheduled disruption in some parts of the Klang Valley.
They even stocked up on mineral water to ensure there was sufficient water for cooking and drinking.
Some have planned not to do their laundry or wash their cars this week.
“I do not think I will be doing any laundry or washing during this period, but I have sufficient water in my tank for showering,” said Section 12 Residents Association (RA) deputy president Mahan Singh Gill.
He has been filling empty containers with water for cooking.
Mahan Singh said he had organised a party for 20 people at his house today and it was too late to reschedule.
“I do not forsee any problems as I have enough water,” he said.
The scheduled 13-hour maintenance work, which began yesterday at 8am, will see about one million people in commercial and residential areas affected.
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) said the partial shutdown was necessary to facilitate work at the Selangor River Phase 2 water treatment plant (SSP2).
The replacement of switchboards, pipe repairs and sluice valve replacements was expected to be completed last night and water will be restored in stages from then until 8am on Sunday.
Since residents were told last week of the water cut by Syabas, they are expected to have made preparations to ensure sufficient water has been stored.
Earlier this year, Ampang and Kuala Lumpur residents suffered a sudden watercut due to a breakdown of pump houses in Wangsa Maju and Pudu Hulu Baru.
This led to residents scrambling to buy water as the water tankers deployed by Syabas were not sufficient to meet demand.
“I remember there was a watercut that lasted over a month a few years ago.
“It was such a horrible experience,” said Seksyen 5 RA president Rafiq Fazaldin.
He said the water concessionaire should find ways to get around disrupting supply in the future when such work is necessary.
He has two water tanks in his home for showering, which he hopes will be sufficient.
Apart from worrying over insufficient water, residents are also concerned about hygiene when eating out.
“I would rather eat cup noodles at home every day than go out for food,” said Section 6 resident Rajesh Mansuhklal.
He also plans to buy mineral water to cook at home.
“At least then I would know the water is clean,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state has instructed all local governments to monitor and ensure all lifts are working fine in high-rise flats.
This is especially critical at low-cost flats and People’s Housing Projects (PPR) to help lessen the burden of residents who have to carry buckets of water up to their units.
“Ensure all broken lifts are repaired and working,” said Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in a statement.
He further urged all local governments to stand by with water tanks to be sent to areas in dire need of water.
“I hope in future, the state will be informed of the water cut much earlier so that we can make our own preparations to help those in need of water over the whole duration,” he said.
Currently, Syabas has 66 mobile water tanks and 750 static water tanks on standby.
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