Water supply disruption for 6,000 Pulau Ketam folks after underwater pipe bursts

FALIQ LAJIM

PELABUHAN KLANG: Most residents and business operators in Pulau Ketam spent the long weekend queuing up for clean water supply, no thanks to a burst underwater pipe in Terusan Bagan. The water disruption also affected households in Bagan Teochew and Sungai Lima, while repair works are being carried out by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas). Pulau Ketam village head, Chua Chuan Tie, said the water disruption, which entered its fifth day, had forced residents to queue up at the jetty daily to bring home treated water supply transported by Syabas from the main land. “Every household is provided with 10 litres of clean water for daily consumption. Fortunately, we are able to store rain water to be used for cleaning and bathing,” he said when met at the village today. Hotel Sea Lion Pulau Ketam manager, Andy Cha, 27, said the water disruption had affected both the residents and businesses on the island that was famous for its seafood restaurants. “Furthermore, the pipe burst incident occurred as we were preparing for public holidays where the bookings for our hotel had doubled. “During this period, this island receive more visitors and a large amount of water is needed. We had no choice but to lower the water pressure from our tanks to prevent wastage. “We may have to temporarily close the hotel if the waster supply is not restored in four days,” he said. He hoped the authorities would find long-term solution to prevent recurrence of water disruptions. Lina Lin Ijin, 31, said after living on the island for nine years, she had learned to always keep huge bottles of mineral water at home due to frequent water shortage. “The worst was in 2014 when we didn’t have water for quite a while. Because of this, we had to bathe with mineral water bought at the shop,” said the government staff. It was learnt that repair works on the pipe which was damaged on Sept 4 were ongoing. Syabas will be sending water aid to the island and other affected areas daily until the water supply is restored.


Most residents and business operators in Pulau Ketam spent the long weekend queuing up for clean water supply, no thanks to a burst underwater pipe in Terusan Bagan. (Pic by FALIQ LAJIM)

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