KUALA LUMPUR – March 7, 2018: Spending days with erratic piped water supply has become a regular ordeal for Subang resident Wan Aisyah Wan Ahmad and her family.
Not unlike many other Selangorians, the social science student has grown weary of the reason given by the authorities on the problem, noting that the state government-owned Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) has been recycling the same excuse of maintenance work whenever supply is affected.
“Maintenance, repairing and upgrading…. that is the only reason they can tell us. We have no idea why water supply needs to be stopped for quite a long time to make way for maintenance.
“Now we again are facing an extended period of time without water,” lamented Aisyah in reference to the ongoing state-wide three-day supply disruption that has been extended indefinitely after a Syabas water treatment plant in Ijok had a major breakdown yesterday.
Selangor has been experiencing several supply disruptions over the last eight years, with maintenance the main reason cited.
Shah Alam resident Hafizuddin Mohd. Nor feels that Syabas needs to shorten the disruption down time.
“The water we save during each disruption is limited and it’s hard for us because I live in a house of 10 people.
“I hope Syabas will soon come out with measures to end these disruptions which cause us hardship,” said the property marketing officer.
Administration supervisor Jamaiah Jamaluddin, who lives at Pangsapuri Berembang Indah, Ampang, suggests that Syabas build better infrastructure.
“For instance, I think Syabas should build more water pump facilities instead of depending on just one to serve so many people in a big area. With this maybe the burden of disruptions can be reduced,” she said.
Another Shah Alam resident, Muhammad Ali Khazurin, argued that Syabas should have done its maintenance in stages to avoid total water supply cuts.
Muhammad Nabil Abd Rahim, who lives in Bukit Indah, Ampang, said Syabas needs to do better in announcing impending supply disruptions.
Repeated attempts today to get updates and comments from Syabas on the current water supply disruption in the Klang Valley were not successful.