DEALING with water rationing is one thing, but residents in all affected areas are complaining that Syabas is not follwoing its two-days-on, two-days-off water supply schedule.
Because of this, many residents do not know when to expect water supply to return, making it difficult for them to plan their day.
Bandar Puteri Puchong 6 Residents Association chairman Toh Seng Choon, 40, said that after a half-day water disruption on Sunday, water resumed yesterday, despite Bandar Puteri Puchong being scheduled to be without water yesterday and today.
“According to the schedule, we were not supposed to have water, but the water came back,” he said, adding that the water rationing was not consistent with the schedule.
“This makes it difficult for residents to save water and prepare properly. We do not know when the water is going to be cut again.”
He added that residents were not washing their cars these days, out of fear that they would end up using the water reserve in their tanks.
To conserve water, Toh has stopped his part-time cleaner from coming over to clean his house and buys mineral water for drinking.
Lee KY, 37, who lives in Bandar Puteri Puchong too, described the water problem as a major inconvenience for both him and his wife.
“We are both working, so if the Syabas water tanker comes during the day, we are not around to collect water.
"We have to rely on our neighbours to help us,” said Lee.
He is also frustrated that houses on higher ground seem to get more water while his house does not seem to get any water.
“I am thankful that Syabas sends tankers to assist us, but I think they should at least inform us what the real problem is,” he said.
In an effort to be more conservative about water usage, the Lees do not do laundry or cook at home.
Marini Shariff, a 21-year-old student living in Semenyih, said many of the students in the area had to rely on their university having water when their houses did not.
“The students are saying that they do not even have enough water to wash their face, so they have to go to campus to wash up sometimes,” said Marini.
“Some of the others who did get back their water supply are complaining that the water is really dirty.”
From her past experience with water rationing in Semenyih, she said students ended up showering and washing clothes on campus when the water supply at home ran out.
As with residents of other areas, she said the two-days-on, two-days-off water rationing in her area was not consistent with the schedule.
Bandar Tasik Kesuma Beranang resident Mohd Fahmi Mohamad Shapie, 30, said some residents from his neighbourhood, even drove out to the nearby towns of Nilai and Mantin to get water because the Syabas tankers could not supply enough water to meet demand in Negri Sembilan.
“We do our laundry whenever we have water supply and we eat out if there is rationing.
"If there is no rationing, we will eat at home,” said Mohd Fahmi.
He also boils and filters water in large quantities on days when there is water supply for future use.
The frustration of residents with regards to the inconsistent water supply was also seen on social media.
Shuhaini Kamarudin asked why Syabas did not follow the schedule they had put up.
“Buat apa ada jadual kalau tak ikut?” (Why create a schedule when you do not follow it?) while Farhana Mohamed said Syabas’ schedule was unreliable.
Coco Wong and Adila Abdul Hadi commented that Pandan Indah and Pandan Mewah, both listed in Zone 2 and Zone 1, also had no water supply.
“My place is Zone 2, which is supposed to have water supply as mentioned in your schedule. But now, where is the water? If you cannot finish your work on time please do not simply give empty promises,” said Kenix Wong on Facebook.
Those in Zone 1 also suffered the same fate, as April Wong puts it, “My area Zone 1 was supposed to have water supply from 4pm on Sunday to 9am (yesterday) but nope, not even a single drop.”
On the action against the illegal factory responsible for contaminating Sungai Semenyih and disrupting water supply to more than 350,000 households in the Klang Valley, Selangor Legalising of Factories Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah said the question should be directed to state Environment Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong.
When asked how illegal factories were allowed to operate adjacent to Sungai Semenyih for years; Ean Yong said the state did not allow factories to be built near river reserves.
“It is not an easy task as there are many places along the rivers to monitor. We have always been patrolling and will now increase our efforts.
“We will work closely with the Environment Department to take action against factories operating near river reserves.
“We are monitoring high-risk factories, not just illegal ones but legal ones too especially factories that discharge effluent into rivers.
“We will close illegal factories and seize the land.
"If the factory is not located in an industrial zone, we can seize the land,” he told reporters after an operation to seize two parcels of land in Kampung Pulau Meranti, Puchong, yesterday.
When asked how many illegal factories the state had identified so far, he said there were no statistics yet.