KUALA LUMPUR: Some 300,000 households or 1.2 million consumers in seven areas of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will begin to experience low water pressure or absence of water, according to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas).
This follows a reduction in the volume of treated water released by five treatment plants on the orders of the Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (Upen) today, said Syabas assistant general manager (corporate communications and public affairs) Priscilla Alfred.
She said the affected areas were Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang/Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Kuala Langat and Hulu Selangor.
"The existing reserve in water supply is too small and, in normal circumstances, is unable to meet the demand of the consumers because the five treatment plants supply 60% of the treated water needs of these areas," she said in a statement.
Priscilla said the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS), which was responsible for the raw water resources of the Selangor government, had issued a written order on Feb 24 to Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH) that managed three of the plants to reduce the intake of raw water from the Selangor River by 200 million litres daily.
These plants were the Sungai Selangor Phase 1, Sungai Selangor Phase 3 and Sungai Rasa. The Sungai Selangor Phase 2 and Rantau Panjang are managed by Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd.
Following the directives from LUAS and Upen, the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) had directed Syabas to prepare a scheduled water supply distribution plan for the affected consumers for presentation to SPAN Thursday. "If the plan is approved by SPAN, it will be announced to consumers jointly by SPAN and Syabas on Feb 28 (Friday) for implementation from March 2 (Sunday)," said Priscilla.
Syabas hoped that the affected consumers would understand the circumstances and take steps to reduce the impact of the reduction in water supply, she said.
Consumers unaffected by the measure were advised to use water sparingly and avoid wastage because the saved water could be channelled to places facing water supply disruption, she added. - Bernama