KUALA LUMPUR – Members of the public are understandably edgy and worried about unscheduled water supply disruption as operations at the Sungai Semenyih and Bukit Tampoi Water Treatment Plants (LRAs) have been completely suspended due to water pollution starting last night.
The unscheduled water supply disruption affects their daily needs and activities as the recovery period is still unknown.
Shukran Abdillah Sham, a resident of Taman Desiran Bayu, Puchong, said that the water supply was cut off at his house this morning and until now is still waiting for assistance from Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) to channel clean water to his housing estate.
Due to this problem, he had to provide water supply (for washing and drinking) to the management of the childcare centre in his residential area for the use of his two young children at the centre.
“Yesterday there was still water but this morning it was completely gone. This water disruption affects my daily affairs as well as my family, especially since I have small children,” he told Bernama.
Also facing the same situation in the same housing estate, Hairil Izwan said that residents need information on the expected period of water disruption as soon as possible to make it easier for them to prepare to store enough water for family use.
He said that there are residents who did not have time to save water because they received notice of supply disruption at the last minute.
“Estimated water supply recovery time needs to be announced so we can make an estimation of how much water needs to be stored. Now all residents expect tank water assistance from Syabas.
“My family and I have started storing water, maybe the supply is enough to last us for three days. This water disruption often happens so the authorities need to look at this matter seriously and make the necessary improvements,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rosazlin Rosdi, a resident of Telok Panglima Garang, Kuala Langat, said that as soon as she received the notice of water disruption, she immediately stored water, adequate for two days use.
She was also informed by fellow residents that several houses in the housing area have started to experience water supply disruption today.
“Thus far, my house still has water supply. Possibly because we use pumps … as most residents here are using pumps. However, as a precaution, I have made preparations to store water,” she said.