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SPAN to decide action to take on Bandar Botanic’s failed sewage system


Residents are expressing their support for the installation of a conventional sewerage system in place of the existing sophisticated vacuum system at the township

Residents are expressing their support for the installation of a conventional sewerage system in place of the existing sophisticated vacuum system at the township

BANDAR BOTANIC Klang’s 30,000 residents will know today what measures the authorities will take to solve the overflowing of manholes and toilets problem plaguing the area for more than 10 years.

The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) had identified two options for the problem which was said to be due to a malfunction of the sophisticated vacuum sewerage chamber system in the township.

The first option was to rectify the current system under a proposed 27-month project at a cost of RM38mil.

Discarding the existing system and reverting to the gravity system adopted by most townships nationwide is the second option.

The only set back about the second option is that it will take 33 months, six months longer than the first option, and it will cost RM65mil.

Ambang Botanic Residents Association president Caloph Khoo, during a briefing attended by about 500 residents on Tuesday night, said the consultant had recommended the second option with condition that the operator of the system complied with the strict maintenance regulations.

He said the consultant wanted Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) to ensure all regulations were strictly complied with.

“Its finding also revealed that non-compliance to maintenance regulations and defect on the building of the system was the cause of the malfunction in the existing system.

“SPAN must ensure that the operator will strictly follow the maintenance regulations if they choose the first option which is to repair,’’ he said, adding that SPAN had informed the various residents associations from Bandar Botanic on the options during a meeting on April 29.

Under the circumstances, Khoo said the residents were totally against the first option.

He said the residents were willing to wait for an additional six months granted that their problem is solved.

“We are okay to have the gravity system in place of the sophisticated one that has caused misery to all of us ever since moving into this neighbourhood,’’ he said, adding that a signature campaign was also carried out to express their views.

Bandar Botanic Residents Association (BBRA) president Jacob Mathews said the residents had enough and urged SPAN to opt for the conventional but tested sewerage system.

He said the sophisticated vacuum system was a failure and there was no point wasting money to rectify the mess.

“Enough is enough, we want a permanent solution to our woes and the conventional method, although will take a little more time and higher cost to implement, is the best thing to do.

“We trust SPAN will make a wise decision so that thousands of the residents will be relieved of their hardship,” he said.

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