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by victoria brown AND l. suganya
Low water stock: Twitter user @typicallysorwen shared that the super market shelves were wiped out of mineral water at 11am. Photo by @typicallysorwen.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians affected by the water crisis are stocking up on bottled water to deal with taps that have run dry following an oil spill in Sungai Selangor that shut down four water treatment plants on Friday.
Twitter user @SleeplessInKL said that: "Local supermarket full of people panic-buying bottled drinking water, disposable plates, plastic spoons."
"Stocking up on so much water I feel like I'm preparing for an apocalypse," said another Twitter user @RohanBeg.
An affected resident in Riana Green Condominium in Tropicana, Alison Chang, said that people in her area are bottled water in bulk.
"I was on the way to Giant when I received a call from my friend's dad saying that Giant was completely out of stock. So me and my friend rushed to Aeon Big at Kota Damansara," said Chang.
"The stocks were very limited to be honest. When we arrived at Aeon Big, we saw a small crowd around the water area and the staff were loading boxes of 1.5 litre of Spritzer to the space," she said.
"In fifteen minutes, it was all gone. Like no more. Out of stock completely."
Chang said that because she lives in a condo, she still has water supply from water tanks.
"We still have some water to use. But the water is yellow," she said.
"My brother filled up the pails, and it (the water) got pretty yellow towards the end," she adds.
Chang told The Star Online that her grandmother's house in Damansara Jaya had a water supply earlier, but it had since resumed.
"We just got back the water supply, but it's really dirty. It's really brown and it's only a string of water that's flowing from the tap," said Chang.
"My grandma's complaining that the water is too little to even store up, and plus it's brown," she said.
J.Loh, another affected resident from Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, said that he noticed that his taps were dry when he got home at 9pm on Friday.
"The only water reserves I had were in my water tank. I have never had such a conservative bath before - just a quick rinse, turned off the tap while soaping and shampooing, and washed off the suds.
"I do not know what is going to happen when the water in the tank dries up," he said.
He added that his wife rushed to the nearest 7-Eleven to buy bottled water when he told her about the water cut.
"She bought up the last stocks of bottled water, and she only managed to get 10 bottles of assorted brands.
"A couple that came in after her had to buy the much pricier Evian brand," said Loh.
Sukesh Pandian, a resident in Klang Jaya, said that the water cut started around 6pm on Friday.
"Since there has been a slow supply of water so we have been stocking it up in pails. So far we have not seen any water lorries," he said.
A Sunway Damansara resident, Angel Seow, said that she was told about the water cut by her security guard late at night on Friday.
"We did (have a water cut) this morning, but now it's okay. So just crossing fingers it does not go off again," said Seow.
Dharlynnie from Bandar Utama said that she is affected by the water cut and is currently relying on the water in her water tank.
"But once the water in the water tank runs out, we won't have any water," she said.
Dharlynnie says that the bottom level of her house does not have water and that she is not able to wash clothes or dishes.
Lim Feixiang from Bandar Utama said that water levels at his home were low there was almost no stock for bottled water in his area.
Tags / Keywords:
Water cut, Syabas, Oil spill, Bottled water
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