Five districts faced with weeklong water cut

January 15, 2013

SHAH ALAM, Jan 15 — The Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant, which stopped operations for about seven hours yesterday due to pollution in the river, is expected to cause disruptions for five to seven days in several districts.   

The affected districts are Petaling, Sepang, Klang, Kuala Langat, and the most serious, Hulu Langat with an estimated 125,000 consumers covering Bandar Baru Bangi, Kajang and Sungai Chuah.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui (picture) said the ministry was taking the matter very seriously and working hard to handle it.  

Apart from providing water through tanker lorries, he also suggested that Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) and National Water Services Commission (SPAN) find other alternatives such as a scheduled supply system.  

“Maybe come up with a timetable for particular areas. For example supply Bandar Baru Bangi on alternate days. In this way there’ll be some water to the houses directly and they don’t have to wait for the tankers.   

“I’m telling Syabas to look into this matter with SPAN and see how it can be implemented as soon as possible,” he said after a briefing by Syabas at the Sungai Semenyih Treatment Plant here.  

In its statement yesterday, Syabas said the disruption was expected to affect the Petaling district involving 118,000 accounts, Hulu Langat (125,000), Sepang (65,000), Klang (19,000) and Kuala Langat (22,000).   

Asked to comment on the situation in relation to the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant issue, Chin said in his view certain areas were operating with a very narrow margin of water reserve.  

“One percent. So if we operate on such a small margin, when there’s the slightest problem here or there or faulty machinery, we’re going to face problems as there’s insufficient reserves. In a way the Langat 2 project will give us a healthy reserve margin when it’s completed,” he said. 

The water supply disruption in four out of the five districts affected by the closure of the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant yesterday, has been fully restored.

According to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd, except for Hulu Langat, supply was back to normal at Sepang, Kuala Langat, Klang and Petaling.

“About 125,000 residents in Hulu Langat are still affected by the disruption and it would take about seven days to restore the supply,” said Syabas in its statement today. 

Eight water tankers have been deployed to help the affected residents, it said. — Bernama