Tempers rise as taps run dry

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HOUSEHOLD tanks in Kajang, Cyberjaya, Puchong and Taman Puncak Jalil are almost empty and residents are getting desperate as there are no other means of reserving water for their use.

These households were unprepared for the water cut, following the temporary closure of the Semenyih water treatment plant, due to odour pollution on Tuesday.

Bandar Baru Bangi 4 resident M. Panneerselvam said they experienced water disruption over the last two weeks and the taps dried up completely yesterday.

“We had disruption every other day, so we have been relying on our water tank quite a bit.

"So I do not think the tank could have filled up completely before water was cut on Tuesday,” he added.

Pannerselvam, 62, said they were fortunate that there are only two of them at home and have been using water, sparingly.

He said he and his wife were unaware of the water cut when they left their house for work early Tuesday morning.

By time they arrived home that evening, the main water pipes were already dry.

“We could not rush home in time to store water, now we are not able to take our bath or even cook.

"It is very frustrating for the elderly like us,” he said.

Taman Puncak Jalil Residents Association president Zainuddin Zainal said the residents were very uncomfortable with the situation especially as it had been an ongoing issue for them.

“After the last water cut two weeks ago, we were forced to use water that smelled of medicine, and now we are without water once again.

“We are very angry with the authorities, it has been happening too often and we are paying our bills, so we expect good service,” he added.

Zainuddin said most residents were out of their houses when news of the impending water cut reached them and by the time many got home, the water pressure had dwindled considerably.

Bandar Rinching, Semenyih, resident Tamil Thasan Packarisamy, 49, said they were careful on their water use with hopes that Syabas water tanks would reach them in time.

“I believe water was restored in Phase One, but those of us in Phase Two and Three are still suffering without water supply,” he said, worried the authorities would not send enough water for all 200 homes in Phase Two.

Taman Kajang Utama resident Ghevil Stephen said they suffered being without water for four days last week without any notice.

“No water tankers came by to provide water last week, so my family had to go to our relatives’ house in Sungai Chua to shower.

“This time, we prepared three tubs of water because we were informed on Tuesday that the water cut will last another four days.

“This morning, no water tankers came by and I worry the water we stored will not last,” he said.

Taman Serdang Utama Section 13 resident Wong Nan Chong, 70, said his area was always the first to have a water cut and the last to have it restored.

“No water tanker came by on Tuesday and yesterday morning only one water tanker was sent to our neighbourhood.

"By time it arrived to our area, there was not enough water.

“At this rate, I have to continue fetching water from my brother’s place in Kelana Jaya.

“It is so stressful and I am worried about injuring my back carrying the heavy buckets,” he said.

Subang Jaya USJ 11/4 resident S.A. Kumar recalled the recent water cut, last week, where a water tanker came by at midnight on Sept 23.

“The water tanker came by my row around 12.30am and started honking to wake up the residents.

“Only one of my neighbours went down to fetch two buckets of water and he told the driver to leave and not disturb our sleep at such an odd hour.

“The next day we had to fetch water from an apartment nearby which had a bigger water tank to hold water but after two days they too went dry,” he said, adding that they had to buy drinking water to wash themselves, he said.

Air Selangor Group corporate communications head Amin Lin Abdullah said in an effort to ensure the water supply was distributed efficiently, the areas affected would be divided into two zones and water would be supplied to the zones based on a schedule.

He explained that zones scheduled to receive water would start getting the supply at 4pm yesterday and it would be disconnected two days later, at 9am.

Emergency water supply by tankers will be also be sent to areas experiencing water disruptions while static tanks will be installed in strategic areas.

The full schedule can be found at www.syabas.com.my and send premises' address to SMS 15300 for relief water supply.

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