Sudden unscheduled water cuts leave consumers high and dry

PUCHONG: Taman Bukit Serdang residents and business owners were caught off guard with the unscheduled water cut, with many of them unable to store enough water.

Niko Niko Onigiri restaurant along Jalan BS 4/1 said they could only serve limited bowls of ramen until the reserve of water supply ran out.

“Customers will have to temporarily use plastic spoons and forks for dine-in,” said its manager Tammy Tan, 47.

Resident Kenagaran Kuppusamy said the water storage tank at his home has depleted as the supply was shared among seven family members.

“When we were told that Air Selangor water tanks were distributing water along Jalan Jinma 7, we quickly rushed there with all our buckets.

“We also had to ration our water usage before the supply resumed,” said the 57-year-old.

Jewellery shop employee May Chew, 50, said she had to take water from her workplace in Kota Raya, Kuala Lumpur back home.

“Due to the unscheduled water cut, we did not save enough water and have been relying on the water tank at home,” she said.

Separately, Puchong MCA started a signature petition against the Selangor government over the mismanagement of water supply in the state.

“We want the government to take responsibility and apologise to affected residents due to the frequent water problems.

“Unscheduled water cuts have been occurring often including a major disruption last month when four treatment plants were closed due to the contamination of Sungai Gong.

“Now, the odour pollution in Sungai Semenyih affects nearly 310,000 consumer accounts in the Petaling, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Sepang districts.

“This clearly shows the inability of the state government to manage water issues,” said its division chairman Liew Yuen Keong in a press conference.

Liew said the petition was aimed at stating the unhappiness of the people with the state government over the frequent water disruption.

“We also request for the Mentri Besar and the state exco in charge of water to take a RM10 pay cut.

“This is to show that they are committed to the people and will offer compensation or rebate to affected households for at least four months.

“Water is one of the basic needs of the people. These unscheduled water cuts will add to their burden,” Liew said, adding that the people were already facing increased stress with the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

A QR code has been generated for the petition through Liew’s and Puchong MCA’s Facebook pages.

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