RM11mil pipe replacement project in two old PJ areas

The pipe replacement project by Air Selangor includes 7.84km length of pipes in Section 1 and 3.96km in Section 2.

AN ESTIMATED 1,000 houses in Sections 1 and 2 in Petaling Jaya are expected to benefit from a pipe replacement exercise that is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.

The RM11mil project by Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) involves 7.84km length of pipes in Section 1 and 3.96km in Section 2.

“Air Selangor and its contractors have assured that the project will cause minimal disruptions to residents,” said Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran during a site visit at Jalan 1/6, Section 1.

“The digging and pipe replacement will be done in short stretches along one street, so the works will be completed within the same day.

“Air Selangor’s contractor and consultant held a briefing for residents on Sept 12.

“They will inform affected households in the area about a week ahead before work starts.”

He said work was expected to be carried out between 9am and 6pm daily.

“However, if a resident has a function such as a wedding that clashes with the project works, they can request for a rescheduling and Air Selangor can work on a different street,” he added.

The notice sent to residents included the contractor’s and consultant’s contact numbers should the residents face any problem.

“This is the third pipe replacement exercise in the constituency, after the earlier ones done in Sections 5 and 17,” said Rajiv.

“I have been pushing Air Selangor to carry out pipe replacement projects as these older neighbourhoods are prone to burst pipes and low water pressure.

“The Sections 1 and 2 neighbourhoods, that are about 60 years old, have experienced water disruptions and burst pipes at least 10 times in the past year.”

While the project started in mid-February and was slated to be completed by August 2021, it was delayed due to the movement control order.

According to Air Selangor’s statement, the project includes replacing old asbestos cement-type water pipes with ductile iron-type water pipes, installing new high-density polyethylene communication water pipes and stainless steel meter stands as well as restoring roads and surrounding areas affected by the replacement works.

“The ductile iron pipes have a lifespan of 70 years, which are much better than the asbestos cement-type that can only last about 25 years,” said Rajiv.

“While residents will continue to receive water supply from the existing pipes for now, the switch over to the new pipes will be seamless once the pressure test and works are fully completed,” he assured.

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