Water disruption leaves Klang Valley folks high and dry

Seri Nor Nadiah Koris

KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of Klang Valley residents had their daily routines interrupted due to a single burst pipe in Sungai Buloh, Selangor.

A resident of Cheras, Jason Ong, 28, said not only is the water disruption troublesome, but it also costs him money, as he needs to purchase drinking water and go to a hotel simply to bathe.

“I actually took a shower at Sunway Pyramid (mall). I saw a few others who did the same thing,” he said.

When having meals at home, Ong said he tries to minimise water use by utilising disposable plates.

Azlan Naif Mohd Neguib, 28, who has been affected by the water disruption since Thursday morning, said that it is really difficult for him to carry out his daily routine.

“I hope the water cut will be short,” said Azlan, who lives with his family at Seksyen 6, Petaling Jaya.

He said for now, he limits water usage so that his household’s reserves will last for the next two days.

A resident in Damansara Utama, K. Girija, said that this time around, there was no advance notice for affected residents to save water for the water cuts.

“I am totally disappointed by how Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) manages their water supply. This situation should not continue to happen, as it will not make their consumers happy,” said the 64-year-old.

She urged Syabas to conduct frequent inspections of all their water supply pipes so that potential problems could be detected.

As of 10am on Friday, Syabas said that water supply has been restored to 40 per cent of affected areas in the Klang Valley.

Air Selangor Group corporate communications head, Amin Lin Abdullah, told the New Straits Times that relief water is being delivered via tankers to affected areas until supply is fully restored.

For the latest developments, the public can log on to the Syabas website or use the ‘mySyabas’ smart phone application.