Sentosa assemblyman: Air S'gor should liase with assemblymen when dispatching tankers during water cuts


KLANG: Sentosa assemblyman Gunaraj George wants Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) to liase with the assemblymen of affected areas when dispatching water tankers.

“When there is a water cut, our constituents call us and we need to tell them where and when they can get water," said Gunaraj.

He added that he spent almost the whole of Monday (May 6) night chasing after Air Selangor water tankers to get his constituents water after service was suddenly disrupted on Sunday (May 7).

“The people are going through so much hardship as the water disruption was unscheduled and they had not stored any water for daily usage," Gunaraj said.

The water supply to many parts of Klang was disrupted after three main water supply pipes dislocated and suffered major leakage after a stretch of the West Coast Expressway (WCE) cracked and collapsed due to soil movement.

The pipes were directly below the affected Klang stretch of the highway.

Meanwhile, Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari, who visited the site, said repair work was going at full throttle and if no soil movement recurred, water supply would resume in about 24 hours.

"We are doing the repair work now and the 1,400mm pipe is almost complete and we can distribute the water to the Lipat Kajang catchment pond, which channels water to areas that are currently affected," he said.

He said the pipes were almost completed but work had to be halted due to another soil movement on Monday night.

Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar, who also visited the area, said he will ask agencies such as the Survey and Mapping Department (Jupem) and the Mineral and

Geosciences Department (JMG) to study the soil movement in the area.

“I will also ask JMG engineers to see whether the soil is still moving or stable," he said, adding he was certain that whatever the problem was, there would be a solution to counter it.

Meanwhile, National Water Services Commission (SPAN) chairman Charles Santiago said investigations have been initiated to find out if West Coast Expressway (WCE) Sdn Bhd and other relevant parties had erred in constructing the highway.

He added they would be duly dealt with if there was negligence on their part.