KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Government has been urged to take proactive measures to avoid recurrence of the water crisis.
Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Operators Association (Presma) president Noorul Hassan Saul Hameed said on Thursday that the recent rationing exercise had caused a lot of problems to restaurant owners.
He said the state should seek a long-term solution and not wait for another water crisis to occur before taking concrete actions.
Water rationing should not have happen in a tropical country like Malaysia as it receives adequate rainfall and has plenty of underground water sources, he said.
Federal Territories Malay Hawkers and Petty Traders chairman Ahmad Selamat said more than 5,000 Malay hawkers and petty traders in the capital were affected during the water cut.
He hoped the water crisis would be averted and the issue not politicised.
Water rationing in Selangor started in Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Sepang on Feb 27 after the 11th Mile Cheras and Bukit Tampoi water treatment plants had to be closed due to ammonia pollution before it was extended to other areas, Putrajaya and parts of Kuala Lumpur due to depleting water supply in catchment areas.
The water supply was back to normal on Thursday as the water distribution exercise had been lifted by the National Water Services Commission due to the rise of water levels at major dams.
However, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim did not dismiss the possibility of water rationing returning to hit consumers if water levels at dams continue to drop.- Bernama