PETALING JAYA: Customers looking for bottled water in supermarkets and grocery shops here were greeted by bare shelves.
“I’ve already gone to several supermarkets near Kelana Jaya but they have run out of large bottles of water,” said a disappointed teacher, K. Meera.
Meera, 45, said she was already furious with the scheduled water cut and thought she could start storing water from today.
However, the sudden supply disruption derailed her plans.
Meera, who is also a part-time caterer, had to cancel orders.
“This is not the first time such a thing is happening.
“What are our authorities doing to ensure there is no pollution in such sensitive areas?” she said.
A check by The Star showed that the shelves at supermarkets in Petaling Jaya, Kelana Jaya, Bandar Utama and some parts of Subang only had small bottles of water left.
The sudden disruption also forced executive manager Carol Tan, 36, to rush out to buy water with her father.
“Of course, we feel angry. We have been traumatised by the previous water rationing,” she said.
Tan said they went to several stores in Bandar Utama but only found small bottles of water.
“We also bought some pails to store water at our house,” she added.
Housewife Siti Hajar Mohamad, 56, was another frustrated customer.
“I was shocked when I went to a few supermarkets only to find that the water supply is almost gone,” she said.
Bottled water at convenience stores and supermarkets in the Section 17 area was also selling like hot cakes.
A supermarket cashier said he noticed many people buying bottles of water yesterday morning.