PETALING JAYA: Operators of food businesses have called on Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd to deploy enough tankers to supply clean water for eateries in the Petaling, Klang and Shah Alam areas when the scheduled water disruptions begin at the end of the month.
Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association president Datuk Jawahar Ali Taib Khan said a continuous water supply is essential as a temporary shutdown would be the last thing they can handle because businesses are already struggling.
“We can’t close our shops as business is just about to pick up, ” he added, alluding to the movement control order.
He said he hopes that Air Selangor will have enough tankers to go around to help them regain their footing.
As cleanliness and personal hygiene are paramount in keeping the Covid-19 pandemic at bay, Air Selangor should ensure that businesses and people have enough water, he stressed.
Jawahar Ali also urged Air Selangor not to carry out frequent water cuts when times are bad, as this would not help the economy recover.
The government, he said, should also intervene to make sure that there are no frequent water disruptions in Selangor.
Pan Malaysia Koo Soo Restaurants & Chefs Association vice-president Datuk Ringo Kaw also urged Air Selangor to mobilise their water tankers to important business areas.
“We are catching up with business and now we have to deal with two water disruptions, ” he lamented.
He added that while upgrading pipes is a good move, the timing is also critical so that the needs of people and businesses are taken care of during these challenging times.Kaw suggested that upgrading work be carried out at a later date.
Malaysia Singapore Coffeeshop Proprietors’ General Association president Datuk Ho Su Mong also agreed that water cuts would have an impact on business.
“We need water to keep ourselves and the environment clean and healthy. Two disruptions will definitely affect us, ” he said.
With the limited space the association’s members have in their outlets, no matter how much water they store, it would not be enough because the Covid-19 pandemic means they have to use additional water for cleaning, Ho said.
Therefore, he hopes Air Selangor would play its part in supplying enough water to businesses.
The scheduled water supply disruption is set to take place next Tuesday within the Petaling and Klang districts, as well as the Shah Alam municipality.
The cuts are expected to affect more than 41,000 households in five areas in Petaling, 14 areas in Klang and 11 in Shah Alam.
The disruption, to take place from 9am to 9pm daily, is to facilitate works to remove and replace an old pipe in Persiaran Selangor Section 15, Shah Alam, Air Selangor said earlier this week.
There will also be another water cut on April 6 – which would last 68 hours and affect 12 areas in Gombak and 46 in Kuala Lumpur – to facilitate work to replace a raw water valve at the Klang Gates dam.