KUALA LUMPUR: While Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) stated that several areas in the Klang Valley would face unscheduled disruptions and low water pressure, residents at unaffected areas were upset they were caught without water as well.
Bandar Mahkota Cheras resident V. Mano said her area had been affected by unscheduled water cuts since Sunday.
“This water cuts have been happening very randomly.
“I come back to find water supply available in the afternoon followed by no water during the night followed by a total water cut for almost the entire day.
“Sometimes, when the water supply resumes for a short while, it is very dirty,” she said yesterday.
The school teacher lamented that while the state government promised that there would be no water cuts in the area, the residents were facing days without water.
“For now, we are able to conserve water but this cannot continue,” she added.
Another resident from Taman Sri Watan, Ampang, S. Selvanathan said water supply had been disrupted since Wednesday and yesterday.
“This (yesterday) morning the water taps were dry.
“We had water in the evening. We have no idea when it will stop again,” he said.
Syabas warned that a large number of Klang Valley households could face water supply disruptions and low water pressure in the near future, as water intake at the Sungai Selangor Phase 3 (SSP3) water treatment plant had been lowered.
Its Corporate Communications and Public Affairs general manager Priscilla Alfred said Sungai Selangor water levels were at 42.76% as of 8am yesterday.
“SSP3 is managed by Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) and the engineers at the plant have lowered the amount extracted as the river levels themselves have dropped,” said Priscilla.
More than 700,000 households are affected by water disruptions caused by low water levels at treatment plants in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Syabas said Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang/Shah Alam and Hulu Langat districts will face water cuts and low water pressure for an indefinite period of time.
“The water cut is inevitable as there is no alternative water sources that could be channelled to the affected areas,” the statement said.