Resourceful: Zoo Negara is well-prepared for the dry season and has stored sufficient water from three sources.— filepic
THE third phase of water rationing which starts today (See table next page) has caught many people by surprise because of the short notice given.
Dominic Chan, 25, who has been living in Riverdale Park Apartments in Bukit Antarabangsa for more than 15 years, was one of those caught off-guard.
“I have never experienced water cuts or rationing before.
“Even during the 2012/2013 water crisis in Ampang, we were not affected,” he said.
Like other affected people, he only found out about the rationing on Friday.
“We did not prepare for it.
“However, I think we will all be able to manage if Syabas sticks to the schedule,” he said.
Phase three of rationing in the Klang Valley will last until March 31, said National Water Services Commission (SPAN) chief executive officer Datuk Teo Yen Hua on Friday.
Phase three would involve 290,865 households in 577 areas in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur Petaling, Klang / Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor, he added
“With the inclusion of phase three, the number of households that will come under water rationing will rise to 722,032 or an estimated 3.6 million people,” he told a press conference last Friday.
Andrew Tang from Section 25 in Petaling Jaya also had not prepared for rationing.
“We have never had to deal with water rationing ever since my wife and I moved here in 1976.
“I will be making do with the pails I have,’’ said the 50-year-old.
Zoo Negara communications officer Mohd Safuan Nazri said they had always prepared for the dry season and stored adequate water.
“We can still cope as we have water from three sources, namely Syabas for drinking water for humans and animals as well as water from Sungai Kemensah for cleaning and watering plants.
“The water collected through our rain harvesting system, implemented in 2008, is used for the toilets,” he said.
Ara Damansara resident Robin Yuen, 29, has been affected since the second phase of water rationing.
“Right now, my mother and I store water during days there is supply.
“I bathe in the office and brush my teeth using bottled water,” she said.
Some residents complained about the irregularity of the water rationing exercise.
Abdul Hayi, who helped his sister operate a laundry in Desa Aman Puri, Kepong said the water supply did not resume after the two-day cut announced under phases one and two earlier.
“Supply did not resume even on the fourth day. What are we supposed to do?
“It is difficult for business owners,” he said.