Anger and frustration flow over latest water cut in Klang Valley

Frequent discharge of chemical waste into the rivers in Selangor has caused multiple water disruptions this year. - Filepic

ABSOLUTELY livid — that is the general sentiment over the announcement of another unscheduled water cut affecting more than one million households across Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) announced yesterday that water contamination was yet again detected in Sungai Selangor, forcing a stop-work order on its Phase 1,2, 3 and Rantau Panjang water treatment plants.

This is the ninth water disruption in the Klang Valley this year.

“Having dry taps has become a new norm in the Klang Valley, ” said Bavani Subramaniam, 43, from Lucky Garden, Kuala Lumpur.

“These water cuts are becoming increasingly frustrating, especially when we have to prepare for the festive season.

“Most of us will be on leave this week to clean our homes for Deepavali.

“Working parents have little time to attend to all these, especially with our children now having to attend online classes.

“I don’t know why the authorities cannot find a solution to the water pollution problem, ” she lamented.

The stop-work order was expected to affect water supply to 1,279 areas in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat, said Air Selangor.

Overseas Union Garden resident Malika Thinakaran, 49, said her first thought was how this would affect the family’s Deepavali preparations.

“I panicked because of the upcoming festivities on Saturday.

“We were supposed to start cleaning our home and baking cookies, but it looks like that will not happen.

“My sister and brothers are supposed to come over for lunch on Saturday, but we may have to cancel if the water supply does not resume by Friday, ” she added.

Malika had a sinking feeling when news first broke about the water disruption.

“I immediately called my mother at home from work to check. The water pressure was low and from experience, we knew this was not good.

“Worse still is that we don’t know how long this will last, especially with many people scrambling to buy and store water, ” she said.

Lum Yi Hwa, 38, from Setia Alam in Shah Alam, wants the authorities to get this perennial problem sorted out.

“There must be harsher punishment for those responsible for polluting the water.

“I have colleagues who rent rooms and they had absolutely no water to shower the last time this happened.

“Gyms in condominiums are also closed so they cannot go there to shower either.

“This is maddening!” said Lum, who lives with her husband, their two young children and her parents.

Lum’s mother is a nanny and takes care of a few children at home.

“She requires a lot of water. Because of the frequent water cuts, we have many containers to store water, ” she said.

Retiree Betty Hooi, 66, who lives with her three sisters in SS2, Petaling Jaya, said it was unacceptable that unscheduled water cuts kept recurring.

“The authorities are not resolving the problem.”

Due to multiple water cuts this year alone, she said the family had bought a container that could store 1,892 litres of water.

“This is just for the upstairs bathroom. We have to rely on saved water for downstairs.

“With schools closed, we have two grandchildren to babysit as well, ” she added.

The Selangor Water Management Authority said yesterday the source of the pollution might be solvents that were found in Sungai Selangor, causing operations at the water treatment plants in Rantau Panjang and Sungai Selangor’s Phase 1,2 and 3 to be stopped from 12.45pm.

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