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Water Cuts in 2021 No Longer Raise Eyebrows!

by K. Vatsala Devi
Water cuts are part of our new norm

In 2020, Malaysians specifically the Klang Valley folks had it hard. Not only did we have the Covid-19 pandemic, but we also had to experience water cuts throughout the year.

Living in a pandemic that required individuals to practice the highest hygiene practices, which included washing our hands for 20 seconds, the water disruptions certainly didn’t help. In fact, a local daily chronicled that there was a total of 8 water cuts just last year alone. Each time the duration and areas affected differed.

How Bad Was the Water Cuts in 2020

The worst water disruption took place on 6 September 2020 when 1,292 areas in the Klang Valley, Petaling, Klang/Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat experienced an unscheduled water supply disruption, following the halting of operations the water treatment plants in Sungai Selangor Phases 1, 2, 3 and Rantau Panjang.

The cause of that water cut was due to odour pollution that was later identified to have come from a factory in Rawang. This disruption was the longest for Selangor in 2020 yet, with the supply fully restored by 9am six days later.

Come October 13, Klang valley folks are about to experience a sense of déjà vu when a total of 998 areas in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor will experience scheduled water supply disruptions that will last for three days.

What is Air Selangor Saying?

In a statement on Air Selangor’s website, it was stated that the water disruotion is due to upcoming implementation of the upgrading and maintenance works for critical assets that will cause a shutdown at the Sungai Selangor Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant (SSP1 WTP).

The statement further added that the implementation of these works was previously scheduled in 2019 and consequently in 2020 but was postponed due to water pollution incidents that had caused a large-scale unscheduled water supply disruption.

Following that, Air Selangor will be mobilizing 105 water tankers to the affected areas, with priority given to critical premises such as hospitals, dialysis centers and funerals. Therefore, Air Selangor would like to advise the affected customers to store adequate water supply and use water prudently during the scheduled water supply disruption period.

Air Selangor will also provide 18 Public Water Taps from 14 to 16 October 2021 for the convenience of customers in need of water supply during the water supply recovery period. For commercial customers, four local water filling stations will be made available for them to purchase water supply and to be collected using their own water tankers.

A complete list of the affected areas, Public Water Taps, and Local Water Filling Stations can be obtained at hentitugas.airselangor.com.

How Long Will Our Taps Run Dry?

Water supply will be distributed in stages to consumers starting from 5:00 pm, 14 October 2021 after the upgrading and maintenance works have been completed, and the water supply distribution system has been stabilized.

Water supply is expected to fully recover at 9:00 pm, 16 October 2021. The duration of the water supply disruption and recovery in the affected areas will vary depending on the distance of the consumers’ premises and the water pressure at the distribution system.

A visit to their website proved informative but at the same time, it also felt ironic that their tagline on the site is “Joy in Every Drop”. How can the people of Klang Valley attest to that statement if we suffer water disruptions from time to time? While those who live in landed properties might not think of it as a major hindrance, but for those who live in high rises and PPR where there is no proper facilities, taking water from a water tanker might even lead to health issues.

Water cuts are not only a terrible inconvenience but it also says a lot about Air Selangor’s planning and management or lack thereof.

Brace yourselves folks…it is probably a good idea to start storing water for emergency use.

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