PENANG Water Supply Corpo-ration (PBAPP) has mobilised an emergency team to repair two raw water pipelines at the Titi Kerawang water intake site in Balik Pulau.
PBAPP chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said that the pipelines located on forest hillslopes in Balik Pulau were damaged by fallen boulders during heavy rain.
“Rockfalls due to inclement weather broke a 150mm raw water pipeline and another 225mm pipeline.
“This mishap has affected raw water supply to the Sungai Pinang Water Treatment Plant (WTP) which primarily supplies treated water to consumers in the Balik Pulau area.
“The damaged pipelines channel water from the raw water intakes to the Sungai Pinang WTP located about 500m downstream,” he said in a statement on Friday.
The Sungai Pinang plant produces an average of 12.9 million litres per day of treated water.
“PBAPP has activated a contingency plan to pump additional treated water from the Teluk Kumbar and Teluk Bahang pumping stations to minimise the impact of this mishap on water supply services in Balik Pulau.
“At the same time, PBAPP’s water tanker teams are on standby.
“They are ready to deliver treated water to consumers living on higher ground or at the end-of-pipeline areas,” he said.
Jaseni gave an assurance that the emergency pipeline repair team which was deployed to the forest site was working quickly to reconnect the two broken pipelines.
“PBAPP is prioritising the pipeline repair works to minimise the inconvenience to the consumers living in Balik Pulau.
“We intend to repair the pipelines as soon as possible to normalise water supply services.
“Updates will be provided soon on the emergency raw water pipe repair works at the Titi Kerawang water intake in Balik Pulau,” he added.
Jaseni urged water consumers who needed assistance to call the 24-hour call centre at 04-255 8255.