Workers washing a car after water rationing was lifted in the Klang Valley.
KLANG: Just a day after the Selangor government announced that water rationing has been lifted, business at car wash outlets in several areas here picked up immediately.
Three outlets in Bandar Puteri that were deserted during the rationing period were packed with cars and motorbikes from morning.
A worker, who declined to be named, said as of 11am more than 10 vehicles had been washed.
“It is tiring for us but my boss must be happy now,” he said.
A customer, who followed her husband to the car wash, complained that it was wrong to wash cars if they were not quite dirty.
“My husband tells me that it is necessary to get his car washed or else it might rust, but his car looks fine to me,” she said, adding that people should use water sparingly.
A check at restaurants, meanwhile, gave the impression that business had returned to normal.
A customer at a coffeeshop here said he was afraid to eat out because of unhygienic cooking methods and cutlery.
“Now that water supply has resumed, I feel confident to eat out again,” said the man who only wanted to be known as Lim.
On Wednesday, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim announced that rationing would be lifted.
He also said that based on expert calculation, water supply could be maintained for the next five to six months.
The pumping of water from disused mining pools, however, received heavy criticism from NGOs and water experts.
They claimed that there was heavy metal pollution at some of the pools.
Commenting on this, Youth and Sports, Infrastructure and Public Amenities Committee chairman Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi reiterated the state government’s stand that the pools had been tested for water quality.