Food traders planning ahead for water disruption


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Apr 2019

(Blue shirt) Peter Ho, 38, said the shop suffered an estimated loss of RM1,000 per day in the previous water cuts.

KUALA LUMPUR: Traders affected by next week’s water cut are rubbing their temples at the thought of having to cope without the precious supply.

“How do we cook and wash the dishes without clean water?” asked Sheril Azdiana Azmi, 31, of Sudut Selera.

Her option is to shut her food stall for three days.

She is among the traders in Jalan Masjid India and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here who are preparing for the disruption.

Sheril said her workers, who are paid daily wages, would be the most affected.

A stall assistant, Hairul Sham Azizi Saharudin, 44, said they would have to use disposable

utensils to reduce water consumption.

“We have many water containers to store water as this has happened in the past,” he said.

His wife Rohaya Kamsani, 38, said the three-day water cut

was too long.

“Our daily routine of taking a bath will also be affected as we have a big family.”

A check in Section 14, Petaling Jaya saw many traders bracing for the water cut.

Porgodi A. Ramasamy, 53, who manages Galaxy Hair Dressing Salon, said there was not much that they could do apart from storing water.

“The pails that we bought previously should be enough to store water as we do not use much water at our salon,” she said.

Restaurant manager Andy Ng, 35, said he was frustrated with the frequency of water cuts in the area.

“It has created a lot of problems for our restaurant in the past,” he said.

“Fortunately, our Puchong-based parent company could deliver us water by truck,” he added.

Yew Chi Man, a fruit stall owner in the Sri Petaling wet market, said he expected sales to decline during the water disruption.

“There will be fewer people going to the wet market as they won’t be cooking. No water for them at home to wash the fish and vegetables,” he said.

Peter Ho, 38, who works in a car wash in Petaling Jaya, said: “We were forced to shut down our business for a day or two in the past due to water cuts.”

He estimated a daily loss of about RM1,000.


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