Water supply resuming in stages but residents still fear the worst

People filling up containers at PJS 1/25 in Petaling Jaya when their taps ran dry.

ALTHOUGH water supply has resumed in some areas in the Klang Valley, home-based businesses are still affected.

Kartiyayeni Narayanan, 45, who has a small-scale lunch box business, said she was forced to cancel orders for the whole week.

She lives in Taman Industry Bolten, Batu Caves and the water cut has resulted in loss of income for her.

Kartiyayeni could not take the chance of accepting orders without being sure of when the water supply would be restored.

”I prepare about 10 boxes of lunch a day for mostly senior citizens who cannot cook.

“They do not like restaurant food hence they order from me. I had no choice but to cancel their orders.

“When I hear of water cuts, I know my income will be affected, ” she said.

Kartiyayeni further said that with the conditional movement control order (MCO), she could not travel to source for water or deliver food.

“The last round of water cut in September was terrible.

“For this week, I am focused on the weekend orders, ” said Kartiyayeni, who has a 13-year-old special-needs child. Her husband is jobless after being retrenched in 2015.

“My family depends on my income.

“The water disruptions are damaging my business, ” she lamented.

Suneet Sidhu from Section 12 Petaling Jaya said water was trickling back yesterday afternoon but she too decided to push her orders to the weekend.

“It will be hard to clean up the utensils after baking, hence I do not want to take the chance in case the water cut is prolonged, ” she said.

Malar Veli Mangaleswaran is highly concerned over cleanliness when there is a water cut and therefore cancelled all orders.

“I am a home-based baker too and I have had to cancel orders many times this year, which has been the worst.

“I want to be clean and with the Covid-19 pandemic, we all want to be extra careful in all that we do, ” she added.

Nargis Naseer, who lives with four other adults including her elderly parents in SS20, Petaling Jaya, has no water supply since Monday. Her mother, she said, has not been able to cook.

“We have to spend money buying food from restaurants.

”I also had to buy RM80 worth of mineral water for drinking, ” she said.

Tammy Sam, a mother of an 11-month-old baby, said her in-laws were in their late 70s and the family was facing difficulties without being able to use the water heater.

“We had to boil water to shower since the heater cannot be used when there is no water supply, ” she said, adding that water resumed yesterday afternoon.

Although water supply was restored in Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya yesterday morning, resident Dr Calvin Fernandez still feared a prolonged water disruption.

He said this time around, the family used the filtered water they had stored from the last water cut.

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