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Wednesday August 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday August 21, 2013 MYT 6:31:11 AM
PETALING JAYA: Consumers have grown weary of the blame game over the Langat 2 issue and just want the authorities to ensure there is water flowing from the taps.
They are among the stakeholders pressing for a concrete solution to avoid an impending water crisis expected in 2014.
In recent months, folks in parts of the Klang Valley have been frustrated by the frequent water-related problems.
Affected consumers complain that the problem had cost them time and money in buying water and takeaway food and visits to laundrettes.
Several new water treatment projects are under construction to help meet the shortage but they are only due to be completed by January 2015.
It has been widely reported that a water crisis would hit Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor with over 7.3 million users by 2014 if the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant is not built soon.
In 2010, the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah voiced his disappointment that the water issue had been politicised, adding that he did not want the people of Selangor to be the biggest losers should the taps run dry.
The Tuanku also warned of serious economic consequences if frustrated investors close their plants and pull out of the country when their factories are hit by constant water cuts or rationing exercise.
Syabas had also repeatedly warned that supply of clean water in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur is steadily depleting due to the water treatment plants reaching maximum levels in their reservoirs.
In June this year, The Star highlighted that Syabas had detected drastically lower levels in the state’s “balancing reservoirs” for treated water due to the hot weather.
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