Balakong Water Shortage - (Filepic)
KAJANG: The army has stepped in to ease the water problem faced by some 35,000 consumers in the Balakong area, whose taps had run dry since Saturday.
“We have begun deploying water tankers in Balakong and the surrounding housing areas,” said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
“The move is in response to the critical situation of residents being without water for 24-hours,” he told reporters at an anti-dengue gotong-royong campaign in Kampung Sri Jambu here yesterday.
He hoped the exercise would
help foster better understanding between local communities and the armed forces.
On Feb 17, things turned urgly when several foreign residents reportedly hijacked Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) water tankers during its rounds to distribute water.
It started with a resident brandishing a switchblade as he was allegedly not happy that a tanker did not stop at his block. However, the residents’ committee intervened to ease the tension.
Meanwhile, Balakong Rukun Tetangga coordinator Mej (Rtd) Abdul Rahim Mohd Amin said three army water tankers, each with 3,000 litres of water, were sent to hard-hit areas in the constituency.
He said some 20 men from the army were involved in the operations.
He said the army’s assistance was welcomed as Syabas’ 12 water tankers, each with a capacity of about 5,400 litres, were insufficient to deal with the critical water shortage here.