Water cuts make us look Third World

  • Letters
  • Thursday, 18 Jul 2019

TIME to stock up on huge water pails once again – it looks like folks in the Klang Valley will be hit by yet more water woes.

According to The Star in a July 16 article entitled “Water cut: More than 3 million to be affected between July 23 and 26” (online at bit.ly/star_water), more than 758,000 accounts, or an estimated three million users, will be affected by a water supply disruption in seven districts in Selangor, as well as certain areas in Kuala Lumpur.

As one of the three million affected folks, I am dismayed that this water disruption is happening so soon after April’s four-day scheduled water cut, which affected consumers in 577 areas in the Klang Valley.

According to the July 16 report, this upcoming disruption is to facilitate seven upgrading works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant by Air Selangor and a total shutdown of the plant is required. Instead of doing each upgrade individually, they are being done all at once.

It is surprising that in a country such as Malaysia, with its abundant rainfall and all modern mechanisms available to us, residents have to put up with so many water disruptions time and time again.

It is understandable if it is something caused by nature, such as droughts. But to have a four-day water cut due to maintenance works is simply not acceptable. We can tolerate a disruption for one or two days, but four days is just too much!

As we line up with our pails to fetch water from tanks for our daily needs, we will seem to be more of a Third World country struggling with basic infrastructure rather one heading towards a Vision 2020 dream of becoming a developed nation.

Syabas (Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd) must find a way to clean up its act (or pipes) quickly in order to live up to its name.

It’s time to get your act together, Syabas!


Ampang, Selangor


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