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Published: Wednesday February 26, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday February 26, 2014 MYT 10:53:28 AM

SPAN approves application for second phase of scheduled disruptions

A little help: Three-year-old Nur Nisa Yasmin Mohd Fadzil helping her mother Suhaila Zakaria, 35, and her three elder siblings fill up water bottles, which they have been doing three times a day for the last two weeks.

A little help: Three-year-old Nur Nisa Yasmin Mohd Fadzil helping her mother Suhaila Zakaria, 35, and her three elder siblings fill up water bottles, which they have been doing three times a day for the last two weeks.

PETALING JAYA: A further three million Klang Valley consumers from 750,000 households will experience supply disruptions during water rationing beginning Sunday.

They are apart from the 240,000 people from 60,000 households in Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Sepang who will receive supply eve­ry two days from Thursday under the first phase of scheduled distribution.

The rationing exercise is to conserve diminishing raw water reserves in Selangor under a plan approved by SPAN, the National Water Serv­ices Commission.

SPAN chairman Datuk Ismail Kasim said the commission had approved an application by the Selangor Government for the seco­­nd phase of scheduled distribution.

“Considering that the Selangor water company Syabas needs more time to make preparations, SPAN has decided that the rationing will start on March 2.”

In a statement, he said Syabas would give details of the extension of the scheduled water distribution to other areas in Selangor by Friday.

“This is in line with the company’s concession agreement requiring it to give affected consumers two days’ notice,” he added.

He said the rationing was necessary because the dry spell had caused water levels to fall in all seven dams, which supplied water to consumers in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

The levels of the Sungai Selangor and Klang Gates dams have fallen to 48.94% and 54.10% respectively.

The Sungai Selangor and Sungai Tinggi dams supply water to the Rantau Panjang, Rasa, and Sungai Selangor Phase 1, 2 and 3 treatment plants.

These dams produce 2,900 MLD (million litres per day) to 60% of consumers in the Klang Valley.

The Klang Gate dam supplies raw water to the Bukit Nenas and Wangsa Maju water treatment plants which serve the city centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Ismail said the Sungai Selangor dam now released 1,800 MLD, and the Sungai Tinggi and Klang Gates dams 1,200 MLD and 120 MLD respectively to treatment plants.

Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya collectively require 4,900 MLD of raw water.

Ismail said the Selangor Government, which is in charge of water sources in the state, was concerned with the declining levels at dams and decided to reduce the release of raw water from the Sungai Selangor dam by 500 MLD, but this would be done in stages.

“This will affect production in the Rasa, Sungai Selangor Phase 1, 2 and 3 treatment plants.

“All consumers who receive water from these plants will experience supply disruptions,” he said.

Ismail said SPAN discussed the scheduled water distribution with the Federal Government and all relevant agencies and stakeholders yesterday.

“The second phase of the scheduled distribution has to be planned because more consumers and a bigger area will be affected,” he said.

“It is more complex (than the first phase) and requires more resources and logistics.”

Earlier yesterday, Syabas executive director (technical development) V. Subramaniam said the rationing was necessary and would effect more than one third of consumer areas in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

As for the first phase of the scheduled water distribution, Subramaniam said it would cover 71 areas in the three affected districts and last until March 31, unless the rainy season begins earlier.

The severe dry spell in the state had caused the concentration of pollutants, in particular ammonia, in the Langat river to be excessively high, forcing the shutdown of the Bukit Tampoi and Batu 11 Cheras treatment plants since Jan 28.

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