PBAPP: High-rise management must maintain rooftop tanks

HIGH-RISE building management bodies must maintain internal reticulation systems to ensure that the quality of the treated water delivered to units is not compromised, said Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa.

The Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) chief executive officer advised individual water consumers staying in high-rise buildings to ask their building management about the upkeep of their building’s internal reticulation system including rooftop water tanks.

“This is important if the building is old or if a consumer notices something amiss with the quality of the treated water that reaches the taps in his or her unit, ” he said in a statement.

“If the rooftop tanks of a high-rise building have not been inspected for a few years by a licensed plumber, consumers have the right to insist that the management take action immediately.

“The cost of inspection and cleaning a rooftop water tank may seem high but personal health risks must be considered.

“Moreover, the cost may be shared with other water consumers living in the building.

“It may be better to pay for cleaning a rooftop water tank than to install an individual water filter because not all water filters may provide proper protection against bacterial and virus-related risks.

“Good individual water filters may be expensive to install and the filter elements must be cleaned and replaced regularly.

“On its part, PBAPP strives to supply the best quality treated water possible at reasonable costs.”

Jaseni added that in 2019, a total of 3,150 samples of treated water produced by PBAPP were taken from various treatment plant

outlets and pipelines throughout Penang by the state Health Department and PBAPP.

“The laboratory test results indicated that the quality of the treated water is amongst the best in Malaysia, in accordance with the Quality Assurance Programme set by the Health Ministry, ” he said.

Jaseni was responding to The Star’s recent report on the deplorable state of rooftop tanks in some apartment blocks in Penang.

Meanwhile, Jaseni said PBAPP was responsible for the quality of the treated water until the point of the bulk meter position outside every high-rise building.

“Pumping systems, pipelines and rooftop water tanks located within private premises ‘after’ the PBAPP bulk meter position are regarded as components of internal reticulation systems.

“The management bodies of high-rise buildings are responsible for the maintenance of internal reticulation systems which include rooftop tanks.

“This responsibility is clearly defined in the Water Services Industry Act 2006.”

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