THE scheduled water disruption by Syabas, scheduled to start today, is bad news for food and beverage operators who have accepted bookings for Christmas.
Cafe owner Chang Wee Ming faces the prospect of losing customers who would have to look elsewhere to host their Christmas events.
His cafe, Coffee Good Golly Miss Molly, is located at Millennium Square in Section 14, Petaling Jaya.
“We have a 300-gallon water tank but we can only use a maximum of 200 gallons which will last for maybe two days.
“We have four lots here so we hold events of 40 to 50 people per event.
“I already started calling, those who pre-booked for Christmas events three weeks ago, to look elsewhere to hold their do because of the water cut.
“We may be able to use paper plates and cups to serve food during the event but we are not sure how the customers will feel about it,” he said, adding that this would be the longest water cut for them.
“This situation is really difficult for us.
“I am at a loss thinking of ways how to overcome this as we need to do a lot of washing especially since hygiene is important to us as a food and beverage business,” said the 55-year-old.
He added that closing down for the four days was not an option.
He said they would resort to using mineral water instead of filtered water from the tap for their mobile commercial coffee machine.
“For our regular customers, we may serve food using paper plates,” he said, adding they made 40 to 50 cups of coffee a day.
Chang added he would have to look into washing cooking and dining utensils in areas not affected by the water cut.
He said the water returning may also be brown and would not be suitable for washing at the cafe.
The staff at Bollywood Food and The Narra Filipino Resto Lounge were unaware of the week-long water disruption that will affect them in Millennium Square.
“Why did they have to do it now? It’s not the first time a water disruption has happened during the festive season, as it also occurred during Deepavali,” said Mary Raymond, a cook at Bollywood Food.
“People will be suffering and can’t celebrate Christmas with joy.”
The 55-year-old said they would have to provide plastic utensils, plates and cups for customers and buy bottled water to make drinks during the disruption period.
Similarly, Follia Ferreras said they would have to buy paper or plastic utensils and plates for customers to use at The Narra.
“Our restaurant is frequented by local and Filipino diners. It’s especially inconvenient now, as we’re anticipating more customers during Christmas time.