Faulty water tank adds to residents’ woes

PRLwater010420.//courtesy pix by Penang Kini FB// 01 April 2020

IT was a tough start to another 14 days of the movement control order (MCO) for some 1,000 residents as they faced water supply disruptions due to a faulty water tank at Taman Utara flat in Batu Uban, Penang.

Since morning, residents were seen queuing up outside their flat to fill their pails and buckets with water provided using a pipe by the Batu Maung Voluntary Fire Squad channelled through a nearby fire hydrant’s pipe chamber.

Flat resident and housewife Nur Yati Sinameh, 49, who made six trips back and forth to get water for her family to bathe, said they were caught off guard by the water disruption.

“There was a sudden disruption to the water supply at 9pm on Tuesday night and we were all unaware.

“During that time, my family and I were about to prepare a late dinner but suddenly there was no water so we could not cook.

“And this morning, we could not boil our drinking water as well so we had to run to the nearest convenience stores to buy bottled water.

“Now, we have to bring buckets down here to get raw water through the fire squad pipes. Our cooking, washing and cleaning activities were affected, ” she said when met while waiting to fill her water bucket outside the flat lobby yesterday.

Meanwhile, resident Cheong Quan You, 24, said he had made two trips thus far and although it was troublesome, it had not affected him much.

“We rarely face water disruptions here and for as long as I have been staying here, this is the only time I can remember facing water disruptions.

“Besides, we only had disruption for a short period of time so I am okay with it, ” he said.

Batu Uban assemblyman A. Kumaresan said the water disruption was caused by a faulty water tank at the flat.

He said they received a complaint from the residents yesterday morning, adding that the management body of the flat had taken immediate action to rectify the issue.

“Due to the MCO, all the hardware shops were closed and as such, the management needed more time to repair the water tank.

“But we got the Batu Maung Voluntary Fire Squad to help provide raw water to the residents and the Batu Uban Village Community Management Council (MPKK) members were also helping out.

“The MPKK members were there to ensure that the residents were queuing up and adhering to social distancing while waiting to collect raw water, ” he said.

A check by The Star found that the faulty water tank was fully repaired before 5pm yesterday.

Kumaresan also said early this year, he had submitted an application to repair three units of water tanks at the flats within his constituency costing RM255,000 under the Maximum 80% Maintenance Fund Penang (TPM80PP) programme.

“We are still waiting for results on our application, ” he said.

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