THE frequent water supply disruptions in Selangor are due to the authority’s regular maintenance of the water sources, says Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.
He added that water cuts were unavoidable when maintenance work had to be done at the water treatment plants in the state.
He also admitted that there were improper and incomplete maintenance of the Sungai Selangor water treatment plants in the last 10 years.
Next week’s water supply disruption that will affect more than 758,000 accounts or three million users in Selangor is necessary because of the urgent need for repairs, he added.
“Water cuts are taking place because the treatment plant did not go through consistent maintenance.
“We just took over in the past year and in that time we carried out checks and audits.
“If we don’t do the repairs now, the situation will become worse in future,” he said after a Bantuan Khas Anak Istimewa Selangor appreciation ceremony at the state secretariat in Shah Alam.
The disruption between July 23 and 26 is to facilitate upgrading works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 1 water treatment plantsby Air Selangor that will require a total shutdown.
The previous water disruptions in April for four days, affecting consumers in 577 areas, and the other in May, affecting several areas in Klang, was due to three main pipe burst at the Banting-Taiping West Coast Expressway construction site.
“No one wants their water supply cut, but this has to be done to prevent future problems.
“The process of repairing the water treatment plants will take 12 hours, but we have to allocate more than 48 hours for the supply to reach the last household.
“Experienced staff at Air Selangor are doing their best to prevent future water supply problems.”