KUALA LUMPUR – July 23, 2019: Water supply disruption in the Klang Valley has become such a common occurrence that many have resigned themselves to the inconvenience.
For instance, throughout the latest disruption which started almost a week ago, it was noted that there were considerably less complaints in cyberspace as the days went by.
Many residents were peeved when it started last Friday but since two days ago, the anger expressed through social media has been reduced to mainly just sharing the news and calls for better preparations for the next disruption.
Amirul Ruslan, for instance, merely expressed his dissatisfaction with Air Selangor communication team’s lack of urgency and sense of crisis.
“Blows my mind that up to a million people may be out of water for potentially the entire work week and Air Selangor’s comms still sound very business as usual. This happened multiple times this year. No sense of crisis at all,” wrote Amirul through his Twitter account.
He was referring to a tweet by Air Selangor to inform the public that there will be multiple disruptions affecting more than a million account holders.
Another resident, Amaayn, expressed resignation and his belief that the disruptions in the Klang Valley have become a part of life.
“Ah, Selangor and its water source issues, Home,” tweeted Amaayn.
His tweet was followed with a reply by presumably his friend, Zi jun who wrote, “ah, nothing new.”
Another Twitter user, Syarina Mohd. Idris, expressed no surprise with the latest disruption and was only interested to know how long her home will be without water.
“Officially no water, wonder how long it will be this time?” she wrote.
The latest unscheduled water cuts occurred following the detection of diesel pollution in Sungai Selangor, affecting the operations of Sungai Selangor (SSP) Phases 1, 2 and 3, as well as the Rantau Panjang water treatment plant.
The Rantau Panjang plant was shut down about 6pm Sunday, followed by the three SSP plants between 8pm and 8.15pm. The plants were operational again at 3.30am yesterday, with supply expected to be fully restored within the next few days.