Still in the dark about water cut


Emergency ration: Hussan and her grandson Mohd Shamin storing water at their flat in Bangsar. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

PETALING JAYA: With many still enjoying the school holidays and a long weekend, news about the impending water disruption happening across the Klang Valley may have been missed by segments of the general public.

Some residents and business owners only started filling up their basins and extra storage tanks when informed by The Star that their area would be affected.

Despite being notified months ago about the water supply disruption, many residents and food stall owners remain unaware and unprepared for the three-day water cut starting tomorrow and ending Friday.

Azita, 62, a cook at Gerai Ma’am, immediately filled up the few basins she has at her stall after finding out about the water disruption.

“The priority is to ensure we have enough water to wash vegetables and other perishable food. I expect many will be having their meals here since they won’t be able to cook at home,” she said.

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Wan Nur Rosihayati, 59, a mixed rice stall owner near a local flat, expressed her surprise at the situation.

“I had no idea about this water cut and now I have to scramble to buy big water containers and fill them up.

“I might have to switch to a takeaway-only concept to save water on cleaning dishes,” she said.

However, flat resident Hussan Divi, 57, was caught off-guard, as she said that they did not receive any notice from the flat management.

“Now, we’re trying to store as much water as possible, but I’m worried it won’t be enough,” she said, voicing her concern for her extended family of six.

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Rusida, 63, a breakfast stall owner, highlighted the potential impact on her business.

“I use water every day for cooking and cleaning. If this water cut lasts more than a day, I might have to close my stall, which will affect my income and my customers,” she added.

D. Anita Anne, 42, whose household of six includes three adults, is unaware of the upcoming water cut.

“The last time the water was cut, we were informed by management quite late, but the shortage went longer than scheduled, so the water that we stockpiled was not enough,” she said.

“We used rice cookers, pots and other cooking utensils to store water, but we were unable to shower and cook for the next day.”

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Nurlita Susanti, a 27-year-old shopkeeper, has an 80-litre tank ready, along with extra bottles of water, for customers to avoid relying on distribution supplies.

“Besides operating as a convenience store, we also sell raw chicken, so we need plenty of water to clean the supply and our utensils,” she said.

According to Air Selangor, maintenance works are expected to be completed by 7pm tomorrow, while water supply is expected to be distributed to consumers in stages starting at 3am on Thursday, giving priority to critical premises such as hospitals, clinics, dialysis centres and funeral parlours.

Members of the public can find out more about the scheduled water supply disruption from time to time through Air Selangor’s official communication channels, such as the Air Selangor application, Facebook, Instagram and X, or contact Air Selangor’s Call Centre at 15300 or visit https://www.airselangor.com/.

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