FOR far too long, we have been supplied with water not really fit for healthy consumption. For residents living in SS2 and many other parts of Petaling Jaya it has been no exception.
Underground pipes are old and rusty. The accumulation of mud, rust and other debris are not flushed out but allowed to accumulate over time.
On April 10, the hydrant (No. 429) in Jalan SS2/91 was flushed. The water that gushed out was dark brown.
It became clearer after almost an hour of non-stop flushing.
In turning the water on, the casing of the hydrant was damaged beyond repair because it was so badly rusted. It was replaced with a new casing.
The Fire Department should inspect all the hydrants to find out whether rusting has not damaged the casings.
Otherwise, in the event of a fire, the water hoses cannot be connected to the badly rusted hydrants.
The flushing of hydrants will certainly help to release the mud, rust and dirt accumulated in the water piping system.
Residents in the area will, hopefully, receive cleaner water and will not have to change their filters as often as they do now.
After each case of repairs made to burst pipes upstream, the valves situated downstream should be opened to ensure that mud and dirt entering the system during the repairs be flushed out.
Perbadanan Urus Air Selangor (PUAS) should carry out this standard operating procedure diligently.
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