MELAKA: The Melaka Matriculation College (KMM) at Londang in Alor Gajah here is looking into various measures to address frequent water supply disruptions.
A message was sent out to the affected students after a non-governmental organisation claimed that the situation caused misery to some 2,000 individuals on Tuesday (July 9).
In the message that was made available to The Star, KMM’s management promised to look into the frequent water disruptions at the college.
KMM said the use of artesian wells at the college will be activated by July 18 as well waters tanks that would be installed at four blocks of the hostels soon to ensure steady water supply.
The message also said a proposal to construct a suction tank and replacing the water pipes had been submitted to the Education Ministry.
KMM also assured the students that the management is working closely with the Melaka Water Works Company (SAMB) to restore water supply as soon as possible.
“The management is always in constant touch with SAMB to activate contingency plans including dispatching water tankers if the situation warrants.
“We wouldn’t ignore the plight of our students and Tuesday’s technical glitches was beyond KMM’s control,” stated the message.
Earlier, Melaka Consumer Affair and Environment Association chairman Murali Krishna said students were forced to walk 3km to have their clothes cleaned at a laundry outlet in Masjid Tanah town due to the water disruption.
"Water disruption occurred today and this is the third time students are facing the same problem this month alone," he said when contacted.
Murali said Alor Gajah folks also voiced their concern upon seeing these students walking along the main road when they were unable to get e-hailing services.
He claimed the college had been experiencing frequent water cuts since the beginning of the year due to faulty storage tanks.
He said parents from other states wanted him to check on the water crisis and the malfunctioning ATM in the college, which left many students without access to money to pay for expenses.
He also claimed that the college is infested with Rove beetles, popularly known as "Charlie Ants".
Murali said he hopes Chief Minister Adly Zahari would personally look into the predicament of these students.