Adjusting to water rationing

Tan Yia Siah (right) and her husband Loh Ung Pu (left) showing the polystyrene plates that they are using which provided by the restaurant operator during the scheduled water supply in Taman Megah Ria. Photo: NORBAITI PHAHARORADZI / The Star.

PASIR GUDANG: From using disposable utensils to washing a bigger load of laundry, residents and businesses here are finding ways to cope with the limited water supply.

A restaurant operator, known only as Yap, has chosen to use polystyrene plates as a way of conserving water during this period.

“I don’t mind incurring extra costs instead of just complaining about the limited water supply. I also don’t have to face the hassle of storing extra water to wash the dishes.

“So far, I have prepared five packs of polystyrene plates costing RM45 each for 500 pieces. We still use the normal plates occasionally,” she said in an interview at her restaurant in Taman Megah Ria recently.

It was reported that SAJ Holdings had decided to extend scheduled water supply exercise in several areas, which was supposed to end tomorrow, until Oct 15 to prevent levels at Sungai Layang and Sungai Lebam dams from dropping further.

Among the affected areas are Masai, Tanjung Surat, Pengerang, Kota Tinggi, Taman Sri Plentong, Permas Jaya, Taman Molek, the Mount Austin industrial area, Jalan Masai Lama, Tebrau Industrial, Kong Kong Laut, Taman Pasir Putih and Bandar Seri Alam.

Another restaurant operator, R. Sivaroshini, 30, said she was taken aback by the extension although it did not affect her business much.

“There has been an increase in customers with many complaining that they can’t cook at home due to the water rationing exercise,” said Sivaroshini, who operates in Masai.

Sales executive Rashidah Rashid, 34, said since the exercise started on Aug 16, she rarely cooked at home and chose to pack food from eateries to save water.

“My husband would start storing water in pails from midnight when water supply comes back before the taps run dry again for two days.

“We need a lot of water as my eight-year-old son has been ill,” she said.

SMK Tanjong Puteri Resort teacher Aspalela Jaafar, 40, said she had no other choice but to do all her laundry at once for her family of six.

Although Bandar Seri Alam has only been experiencing occasional disruptions, clerk Tay Yia Siah, 29, is not taking chances and has continued to store extra water.

“We hope that with this water rationing exercise, the Sungai Layang and Sungai Lebam dams can return to normal soon.”

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