Pressure’s up for mums with dry taps

Poh’s domestic helper helps her unload pails of water she received from a friend living in Petaling Jaya.

THE unscheduled water cut has caused tremendous stress to affected families in the Klang Valley who have to scramble to get access to clean water.

Mother of three, YV Poh, who is seven months pregnant, is on the verge of breaking down as she has to fend for her two school-going offspring and a toddler, as well as a pet dog.

“I am also far into my pregnancy. The stress is mounting. I feel like crying sometimes, ” she told StarMetro.

“Most of us did not see this coming, and we have used up all our water reserves from the tank.

“No water tankers were sent to our neighbourhood, ” she said.

Poh said her water reserves from her house tank only lasted three days.

“Unfortunately, we ran out of water faster this time round.

“We have large containers to save water but those are not enough when we have young children.

“My house porch needs to be cleaned often because of my dog to avoid the bad smell, ” she said, adding that she gave her children a short bath only once a day.

Poh has to depend on her friend who lives in Petaling Jaya for water supply.

“We already have to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and the water cut just make things worse, ” she said.

The Sungai Semenyih and Bukit Tampoi water treatment plants stopped operating on Sunday after pollution was detected in Sungai Semenyih – the raw water source for both plants.

This happened just a month after the odour pollution in Sungai Gong led to water disruption, affecting 1,292 areas in the Klang Valley and nearly 1.2 million consumer accounts.

Vatsala Nair, 36, from Taman Pinggiran Putra, Seri Kembangan, said she installed a jacuzzi outside her house for recreational use several years ago.

“It is now a water storage and rainwater catchment solution for non-essential use.

“I also add mosquito bait into the water.

“These water cuts are happening too often, ” she said, adding that she used the water from the jacuzzi to bathe the dog and to clean the porch.

Vatsala’s children help to fetch water stored in their jacuzzi at their house.Vatsala’s children help to fetch water stored in their jacuzzi at their house.

Vatsala’s job as an entrepreneur, who does hand casting made the situation more difficult as she relies on water supply for her craft work.

“I cannot make the casts now.

“Hopefully, I will not suffer too much loss in income, ” she said.

Vatsala still has water reserved in her home water tank for consumption.

Mother of two Shanti Nathan, 41, from USJ 9, said she has suffered back pain from carrying pails of water back and forth from her home.

“It will be bad if I miss the water tanker when it arrives in my neighbourhood.

“My husband will be away at work when the tanks arrive, so I have to carry the pails on my own. My children are young so I cannot bring them along to fetch water, ” said Shanti.

She had to buy RM180 worth of water storage containers this time round.

“I have come to terms with the fact that water cuts are going to be part of the new normal, although it is unacceptable, ” she added.

Shanti has experienced water cuts in the past years for five days in a row during Deepavali.

“I hope there will be no such problem this year, ” she said.

Navin Sellapan, 39, from Setia Alam installed one large water tank and plans to add another to store more water in his house.

“This water cuts are no longer a rare occasion. I experienced it four times this year alone, ” he said.

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