Bangsar residents fuming over frequent water supply disruption

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  • Saturday, 15 Jan 2011

RESIDENTS and businessmen in Bangsar are annoyed over the frequent water supply disruption due to burst pipes in the area.

The latest incident occurred last Friday where two pipes burst in Jalan Cenderai, Lucky Garden, and another in Jalan Ara, Bangsar.

The next day another pipe burst at the Sri Wangsa Ria Condomi-nium in Jalan Ara which resulted in supply disruption for more than eight hours.

Residents said they were aware that the pipes were old and when the pressure increased, the pipes would start leaking or burst.

Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association deputy president Mumtaz Ali said the pipes in Bangsar were 30 to 40 years old and when repairs were done in one place, other sections of the pipes would spring a leak.

“Last year, the problem was rampant in Jalan Telawi and we had written to Syabas (Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd) and Puspel (customer service centre) to find out what they were doing about the situation, but we have not heard anything from them,’’ said Ali.

Lucky Garden Residents Association president Nordeen Salleh said he was aware of the problem and admitted that he, too, had experienced supply disruption but added that Syabas was prompt in addressing the complaint.

Bangsar resident K. Ramesh said the problem was getting serious as it was happening frequently.

“Last year, it occurred several times and now it is happening again. There has to be a long-term solution as people are getting fed up,’’ he added.

Syabas corporate affairs executive director Abdul Halem Mat Som said there were six incidents of burst pipes reported on Jan 7, 8 and 9 in Bangsar affecting 1, 787 houses.

He said the reason was due to old pipes in the township.

“Bangsar is one of the critical areas in Kuala Lumpur that is in urgent need of pipe replacement.’’

He added that unfortunately all pipe replacement programmes had been put on hold for the time being.

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