Stronger pipes installed in PJ

Air Selangor’s pipe replacement project in Sections 1 and 2, Petaling Jaya, is scheduled to be completed by end of the year.

PENGURUSAN Air Selangor Sdn Bhd’s (Air Selangor) pipe replacement project in Sections 1 and 2, Petaling Jaya, is scheduled to be completed by end of this year.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran said the project was on schedule and 45% completed.

“We are very satisfied with the pipe replacement project and the contractor has been doing a good job.

“There have been no complaints from the residents.

“The pipe is laid out in stages and there is minimal inconvenience to the residents.

“Roads are closed in stages and dug up for the new pipes to be installed.

“By evening, the roads that were dug up to instal the pipes will be resurfaced.

“Once the project is completed, all the affected roads will be properly resurfaced, ” said Rajiv.

He added that the new pipes were of ductile iron type and 11.6km long.

The new pipes are estimated to last 70 years.

The project, which cost RM11mil, is fully funded by Air Selangor.

“The old pipes led to frequent pipe bursts and water leakage in Petaling Jaya Old Town, ” he said.

Petaling Jaya Old Town was the first settlement in Petaling Jaya, and Sections 1 and 2 are the first two areas to be installed with water pipes in the 1950s.

The pipes were the asbestos cement (AC) type and used in the mid-1900s in townships around the world.

However, these pipes have a lifespan of only 25 years.

“The old pipes will be abandoned underground as it will be costly to remove them.

“This is the practice worldwide when pipes are changed, ” added Rajiv.

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