Penangites ignore ‘save water’ call

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  • Friday, 04 Mar 2005

PENANG: Many Penangites still seem oblivious to the need to save water despite a warning by the Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) that water level at six dams here had dropped to half.  

Water wastage continued to be seen in the daily activities of some households and industries despite the “save water” call by the PBAPP two days ago. 

In a random check by The Star yesterday, a number of hawkers were spotted leaving the water running from their taps into overflowing pails while washing up.  

Some car owners still used the hose to wash their vehicles despite the advice from the PBAPP to use buckets of water. 

The Star reported yesterday that Penangites had been advised by PBAPP to conserve water as the dam level had dropped by half.  

BAD EXAMPLE: A car owner in Penang blatantly wastes water by leaving the water running from the tap into an overflowing bucket while washing the car.

A PBAPP spokesman was quoted as saying that the drop was due to the hot weather, which also caused the people to consume more water. 

Penang Hawkers Association chairman Lam Tong Ying said it had reminded its 500-odd members to use water sparingly in view of the situation. 

Citing an example, Lam said he had seen a wantan mee seller conserving water by washing all his dirty utensils and plates at one go after his business hours. 

“The hawker said he would save more water that way despite the tedious task of washing so many plates all at one go,” he said. 

Comprehensive Auto Restoration (CAR) Sdn Bhd operations manager Michael Goh said they were using a jet-wash system at the company’s five outlets to prevent wastage.  

Unless the jet system was turned on, water would not flow out from the hose. 

Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Lee Hack Teik lamented that PBAPP was at times responsible for water wastage itself, adding that burst pipes often occurred in his constituency as most pipes in inner George Town were old and rusty. 

“Pipe repair work usually take a few days and PBAPP would blame the delay on manpower shortage,” he said. 

Insurance agent P. Murugiah, 47, urged PBAPP to inspect faulty water taps in public toilets, where water would be dripping for weeks. 

He also proposed that PBAPP took strict action against consumers who wasted water. 

“PBAPP should penalise them by disconnecting their water supply for a week. Maybe they will start to conserve water after that,” he said.  

Consumers Association of Penang president S. M. Mohd Idris said PBAPP should repair any reported pipe burst promptly in view of the prolonged hot spell and low water volume in dams. 

In Kuala Lumpur, consumers in the Klang Valley are urged to conserve water in light of the dry season before any shortage occurs. 

“Don't wait until we have a shortage. Start conserving water now,” Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said after visiting the Malaysia Energy Centre yesterday.  

Earlier report:Penangites get reminder as dry spell leaves dams half-full 

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