PETALING JAYA: Water from filling stations and its tankers are safe for drinking, says Air Selangor.
This follows claims that the sole water provider for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya would use water from nearby disused mining ponds and rivers for consumers following the recent water cuts.
Air Selangor corporate communications head Elina Baseri said that water for filling stations are directly obtained from water treatment plants which are not accessible by the public.
“We have 34 water treatment plants across Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya which is enough to compensate for the four plants currently shut down due to pollution, ” said Elina.
She said that water from the plants will only be delivered by Air Selangor tankers after successful completion of quality tests that are in compliance with the Health Ministry’s (MOH) standards for drinking water.
Under MOH’s guidelines, drinking water must be clear and does not have objectionable taste, colour and odour.
It must be pleasant to drink and free from all harmful organisms, chemical substances and radionuclides in amounts, which could constitute a hazard to the health of the consumers.
The quality of drinking water is measured in terms of its microbiological, physical, chemical and radioactivity characteristics.
As an added precautionary measure, the water quality in every tanker is retested again before delivery to consumers.
These tankers, including the containers provided at the filling stations, are maintained and cleaned frequently.
On the frequency for the dispatching of water tankers to an affected location, they are based on calls by the public. Consumers who need water supply for emergencies such as funeral arrangements can contact 15300 or WhatsApp 019-2816793 and 019-2800919.
As for how public taps are still able to function when there is a water cut, Elina said the taps are located in unaffected areas.