No ordinary watering hole

  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Jul 2005


SHAH ALAM: A watering hole by the highway that links Bukit Jelutong and Puncak Alam here is drawing hordes of people daily. 

They come armed with empty containers – day and night, seven days a week – to collect water flowing from the hill through crude pipes sticking out of the slope.  

But they are not here to seek “miracle water” to cure all ills.  

Those interviewed simply said they were fed up with getting murky water from their taps. 

“I have been collecting water here for more than a year,” said Arisman Darwis, 49. 

ALL FOR CLEAN WATER: Mohd Musddek Mohd Yusof (left) collecting water while Arisman takes adrink from the pipes along the highway linking Bukit Jelutong and Puncak Alam on Wednesday.

He added, however, that the chore could take several hours and it was quite uncomfortable to wait in the scorching sun. 

Arisman claimed the water here tasted sweeter that what he got from his taps. 

Khodijah Mohd Yusof, 37, said she would rather wait under the hot sun to collect the water than consume water from her taps.  

“I use the water collected here to cook and drink,” said the factory operator.  

Khodijah also said one elderly man, who is a regular at the watering hole, swore that his stiff limbs had now “loosened” after he drank the water. 

An officer at the Selangor Geoscience and Mineral Department said no study had been done to determine if underground water from this particular watering hole contained beneficial minerals. 

“However, if the water had seeped down deeply into the earth, it would have gone through several layers of natural filtration,” he said. 

“In that case, it could be cleaner than normal water.”  

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