SPAN: All states told to avoid water disruptions near festivals

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  • Monday, 19 Dec 2016

PETALING JAYA: There will be no more scheduled water cuts at around major holidays, said National Water Services Commission (SPAN) chairman Datuk Liang Teck Meng.

“I have issued an order that no water company will be allowed to carry out anymore planned maintenance works that will cause large scale water disruptions a week before or after a major holiday celebration,” said Liang in a statement.

“SPAN and other water companies must respect consumers needs when they celebrate the holidays.”

He said SPAN will work with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and others to ensure that maintenance works at the Bukit Badong substation will be completed within the 16 hour period.

Liang added Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd has also been asked to ensure that water supply return as soon as possible and water tankers sent for emergency use and for any public gatherings.

“Water is an essential service, and everyone must carry out their duties responsibility to ensure there is minimal disruption of water supply for consumers.”

To reduce the impact of the disruption of electricity supply to operations of water treatment plants, Liang suggested all water companies prepare an alternative electricity supply using a generator set or a second power supply source.

He also advised water companies to liase with TNB in their respective states to loan generator sets from external sources when carrying out scheduled maintenance works that requires electricity from TNB.

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