Contending with dirty water after disruption

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 25 Jul 2019

The Off-River Storage (ORS) in Kampung Hang Tuah, Kuala Selangor, experienced diesel pollution which led to Air Selangor announcing the shutdown of the Sungai Selangor Phase 1, 2 and 3 Water Treatment Plants and the Rantau Panjang Water Treatment Plant on Sunday. — Filepic

WHILE water supply to households in numerous parts of Klang Valley has resumed with intermittent or constant supply following disruptions over the past week, consumers in certain areas are now dealing with another related problem: dirty and putrid water streaming out of their taps.

Business owner Jerry Chong from Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, said the water from his taps had a foul odour and tasted horrible.

“It was fine yesterday but my friend who is a doctor advised me to only drink mineral water for the next two weeks because of the diesel contamination,” he said.

The scheduled water cuts by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) from July 23 to 26 to facilitate upgrading works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 1 water treatment plants were scuttled after two incidences of pollution resulted in unplanned disruptions.

The Sungai Selangor Phases 1, 2 and 3 as well as Rantau Panjang water treatment plants were shut down after diesel pollution was detected on Sunday, two days after odour pollution affected over a million customers (The Star, July 22).

Homemaker Chen Pei Yee, who lives in Section U1, Shah Alam, has had to contend with foul smelling water since last week.

“My husband noticed the pungency in the water last week. The pressure was very low but we still had water.

“However, we have been forced to buy and drink bottled water because the water from the pipes, filtered twice with an external filter and one in our kitchen, is still smelly,” she said.

Administration staff Nargis Naseer, who lives in SS20, Petaling Jaya, said the water in her house had been brown and dirty since early last week.

“A few days later, the water seemed normal but then the supply stopped.

“This week, the water streaming out is still dirty. We have to buy mineral water for drinking,” said Nargis.

According to Syabas, the percentage of water restoration according to registered customer accounts as at noon yesterday reached 99%.

“Water supply in three regions, namely Gombak, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Selangor, Kuala Langat and Kuala Lumpur has been fully restored while several areas in the remaining two regions (Klang/Shah Alam and Petaling) are still in the process of restoration.

“We are targeting full restoration in all areas by 9am tomorrow,” said Air Selangor customer relations and communication department head Abdul Raof Ahmad in a statement.

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