Clean water supply decreasing, says Syabas


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 18 May 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Supply of clean water in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur is steadily decreasing due to water treatment plants reaching maximum production levels, according to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas).

It said the treatment plants could no longer cater to increasing demand from consumers.

"The problem is not linked to rainfall or supply of raw water which are sufficient," the company said in a statement here.

Syabas said the decrease in water levels at several ponds in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur were obvious following the unexpected demand, which exceeded the production of treated water.

As a result of this situation, Syabas has requested for the operators of all treatment plants namely Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor (Splash) and Konsortium Abbas Sdn Bhd (ABBAS) to maximise their output from existing water treatment plants.

"Even so, water treatment plants are already operating at maximum and some are overloaded, to help the situation we are facing," the statement said.

On allegations made by Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh that Syabas' services were poor and led to water issues which affected SS14 to SS19 in Subang Jaya recently, Syabas said they did not notify consumers in the areas as the water disruption was not scheduled.

The water disruption occurred as a result of sudden drop in water levels at the Subang Airport reservoir since Tuesday, leaving it at a critical level following increasing demand for water due to the hot weather, said Syabas.

Syabas said they activated their Green Code Emergency Action Plan in Petaling on Tuesday to allow them to take action to help consumers facing water disruption.

Besides re-organising water distribution, water supply was also sent through 10 tanker lorries which made deliveries 22 times and the problem was resolved on Thursday, it added. - Bernama

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