KUALA LUMPUR: The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) has issued a warning to Air Selangor to ensure that the water supply is restored by 9pm next Friday (July 26).
SPAN chairman Charles Santiago said that while the Commission understood the reason for the water disruption in some parts of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, they were also troubled by it.
“If the water supply doesn’t come back on by 9pm, Friday (July 26), then SPAN will request that the Selangor Mentri Besar make changes in Air Selangor's senior management.
“This is a warning because we recognise that there are one too many water cuts happening,” Santiago told a press conference at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday (July 17).
He said Air Selangor had applied to SPAN on July 2, and approval was given on July 12 to conduct improvement works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant (SSP1 WTP).
The improvement works will take place from 9am to 9pm on July 23 to improve the water supply system to some three million consumers in 758 areas in seven districts in Klang, Petaling, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Langat, Hulu Selangor and Kuala Selangor.
Santiago acknowledged that the work needed to be done as parts and equipment needed to be replaced.
“It is like a car. After a few years, it needs servicing. Similarly, this equipment has been running 24-7 for the last seven to eight years.
”So it's not like Air Selangor is irresponsible about the servicing.
“There is no choice (for the scheduled water disruption), but we can understand the anger from the people because it's three to four days of no water,” he added.
Santiago said as the regulator, SPAN would be monitoring the activities of Air Selangor to ensure it complied with the water disruption period proposed.
Asked if the deadline given to Air Selangor was still applicable if there were unexpected disruptions during the improvement works, Santiago said he did not want to speculate.
“Our point basically is the guarantee given by Air Selangor that by 9pm on July 26, all the areas affected would have their water supply back to normal,” he said.