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Residents wait patiently to collect water from a Syabas mobile water tanker at Taman Sri Sinar, Segambut, in Kuala Lumpur.
PETALING JAYA: Residents here have rushed to various outlets to stock up on bottled water following the closure of four water treatment plants in Selangor.
A check with various store employees showed that their stock of bottled drinking and mineral water were sold out barely an hour after most of them opened.
“It’s crazy. There were people lining up in front of the shop before we even opened for the day,” said a Jaya Grocer clerk in Tropicana.
In Damansara Uptown, residents queued up to enter the storage room of a 7-Eleven chain to buy cartons of bottled water. Amidst the frenzy, people found time to chat and joke over the situation.
Accountant Liew Chin Ee and his family drove in two cars to a store to load up on bottles of water after hearing news about the water disruption over the radio.
“We have already been to a few places. They have run out of water. I do not know how long this is going to be, so better be safe than sorry.”
Housewife Carol Lim found the water taps at her home in Damansara Utama had run dry when she woke up in the morning.
“We had a bit of water at around 9pm the night before but I thought it would be okay by today (yesterday). I did not know it was to be this serious,” she said.
At a hypermarket in Subang Jaya, shoppers were seen pushing trolleys filled with bottled water.
Writer J. Loh, who resides in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, said his wife rushed to the nearest 7-Eleven to buy bottled water when he told her about the water cut.
“She bought the last stocks of bottled water and she only managed to get 10 bottles of assorted brands,” said Loh, 35.
Loh said 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 brief shower before – just a quick rinse, turned off the tap while soaping and shampooing, and washed off the suds,” he said.
Meanwhile, supermarkets and hypermarkets are rapidly restocking to ensure their customers would be able to make their purchases.
Tesco Malaysia’s corporate affairs and government relations director Azlam Shah Alias said stocks were running low in the stores in affected areas but more supplies were being brought in from its central distribution centre in Bukit Beruntung.
“We are also working closely with all our mineral water suppliers to deliver stocks direct to the stores,” he said.
Mydin marketing and communications manager Sabariah Mohd said the five-litre bottles were running low in most of their hypermarkets in the Klang Valley.
“We are restocking quickly to meet the sudden demand,” she said.
She advised customers not to panic as Mydin would ensure that it had enough supply to meet demand.
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