Fresh air for apartment folk

RESIDENTS of the four-storey Taman Bukit Anggerik flats in Cheras can finally breathe easier after having had to put up with a faulty sewerage system for six months.

The residents have had to put up with the nauseating smell due to the constant overflow of the sewerage tank which became worse during the rainy seasons, causing a backflow especially to the units on the first and ground floors.

They had been following up with both the Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) and the National Water Services Commission (SPAN), urging them to help resolve the problem when they first surfaced.

And their efforts paid dividends when IWK sent a desludging tanker to remove the sewerage blocking the internal sewer on the first floor leading to the ground floor. And the best part is, the service was for free.

“We are doing the desludging for free as part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) as many of the residents here are in the lower-income group.

“Moreover, the residents do not have a proper management committee and many of the affected residents have been staying here for over 20 years,” said IWK Sdn Bhd (manager communications) Shahrul Nizam Sulaiman.

“Our initial investigations point out to a possible broken underground pipe where the outflow is blocked. We will work with SPAN to get the problems rectified, starting with the clearing of the tanks,” added Shahrul.

It was reported last month that a possible broken pipe was the main source, causing unbearable stench for the other residents in Block A.

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