Waterless residents urge PBAPP to repair broken pipe


Dr Tan pointing to the damaged railings and blocked drain. With him are Bagan MCA division secretary Sum Yoo Keong (left) and residents of Jalan Bagan Baru 1, Butterworth.

SOME 20 business owners and residents at Jalan Bagan Baru 1 in Butterworth are appealing to the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) to repair a damaged water pipe in the area.

Bagan MCA division chairman Dr Tan Chuan Hong said the residents and business owners there had been suffering with no water supply since Thursday.

“According to our checks, the water pipe broke after the road expansion project in Jalan Bagan Baru 1 started recently.

“While carrying out the project, the authorities had arranged for excavators to cut down trees on the road there.

“The use of these excavators could have ruptured the water pipes and damaged the railings along the drains.

“According to residents, ever since the water pipe broke, they have had no water supply.

“This is causing a lot of inconvenience, ” he said.

Dr Tan added they had since contacted PBAPP about the issue but had not seen any action taken to repair the damaged pipes.

“Besides the pipes, there is also severe damage to the railings near the ditches.

“Tree trunks have also piled up in the ditches due to tree-cutting.

“This poses a danger because the tree trunks are now causing blockage in the drains.

“This in turn will cause the drains to become mosquito breeding grounds.

“We hope the Seberang Prai City Council can look into the methods they use for tree-cutting works and ensure that their contractors are carrying out the works carefully, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Tan said the residents hoped that the council could also look into their cleaning methods as many business owners had complained about road cleaning works in the area.

“Many said that the council workers used ‘garbage blowing machines’ to clean the streets and this caused rubbish to be blown into the ditches.”

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