Drying up: Puncak Niaga [M] Sdn Bhd operation division executive engineer, Zulkefly Abdollah checking the water level at the Sungai Langat water treatment plant in Hulu Langat. Normally, the water gushes over the embankment but because of the hot weather, the level has dropped. - Photo by AZMAN GHANI
UNSCHEDULED water cuts in parts of Kuala Lumpur may occur for an indefinite period unless users reduce their consumption.
About 17,500 people were affected by the latest water cut on Thursday which has been attributed to demand exceeding supply.
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) corporate communications and public affairs manager Priscilla Alfred said the hot weather could have led the public to consume more water.
“The Sungai Langat water treatment plant released 473 million litres on Thursday. This was an increase of 122.56% compared to an average day.
“Syabas has a reserve of treated water. However, it could not meet Thursday’s demand and this led to the unplanned water cut.
“We are usually not able to foresee a sudden increase in demand,” she said.
Alfred added this may happen again over the next few days if the public does not reduce consumption.
“I would recommend that the public be prudent when using water during this period to prevent any future cuts,’’ she said.
Syabas will send water tanks to affected areas and place static tanks in several locations.
“Those holding events can call the Syabas hotline and we will send water tankers,” she said.
The ponds which supply water to the Sungai Langat water treatment plant could not meet the demand.
The affected ponds are Bukit Petaling, Pandan Perdana, Pandan Indah, Taman Kencana, Pandan Komersial, Cheras Utama, Kolam Taman Segar, Taynton View, Taman Seputeh, Bukit Seputih, Seera Seputih and Robson Height.
The areas affected by the water cut included Sungai Besi, Chan Sow Lin, Wisma Putra, Bellamy, Kerayong, Jalan San Peng, Taman Seputeh, Dataran F & N, Bukit Seputeh, Jalan Syed Putra, Taman Segar, Pandan Perdana, Pandan Indah, Taman Kencana, Maju Jaya, Lembah Maju, Taman Taynton View and areas around the TUDM base.
For details, call 1-800-88-5252.