Penang water corp CEO: Water supply back at 3pm after pipe burst fixed

Opalyn Mok

Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) CEO Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said repair work on the affected 1100-mm clear water pipeline were completed at around 5am today. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

GEORGE TOWN, June 25 — Water supply to areas affected by a major pipe burst at Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant (WTP) will be back to normal at 3pm today, said the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP).

PBAPP Chief Executive Officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said water supply to about 200,000 water consumers in Seberang Prai Tengah, Seberang Prai Selatan and Penang island will resume in stages this afternoon.

“The consumers faced low water pressure or water supply interruptions arising from a major pipe burst incident in the WTP,” he said in a statement issued today.

He said a 1100mm clear water pipeline burst at 5.30pm yesterday so Package 10 and Package 11 water treatment modules had to be shut down for repair works.

He said this mishap caused the WTP’s output to drop by 21.5 per cent (about 230 million litres per day or MLD), thereby affecting water supply services.

He said emergency response repair works were initiated immediately.

“However, the damaged pipeline was buried about 3 metres below the road surface adjacent to a building structure,” he said.

So, careful excavation works had to be carried out to reach and isolate the damaged pipeline without causing further damage to the pipeline and the building.

He said underground repair works on 1100mm pipeline were conducted between 1am and 5am.

Package 10 and Package 11 water treatment modules that had to be shut down due to the burst pipe were recommissioned between 5am and 11am.

He apologised to consumers for the unscheduled water supply interruption.

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