Oh no, it looks like our Chinese New Year celebrations might be just a little uncomfortable, especially for those who live in or will be in the Klang Valley area.
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS) announced that an unscheduled water disruption is likely to occur in Wilayah Petaling, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat, and Sepang after water supply to the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant, which services these areas, showed contamination above permissible levels.
They released an official statement via their website, which explained:
The plant operator company had to reduce the production of treated water since 8 o’clock this morning , February 15, 2015 when ammonia and manganese in the water in Sungai Semenyih is above the maximum level allowed by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Before this statement was issued, SYABAS was informed that the Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS) and ABASS are still currently identifying the source of contamination. Hence, the water treatment plant operator company can’t be sure when the treatment plant operations will be recovered because it depends on the level of pollution.
As a result of the reduction in the production of treated water from Loji Rawatan Air (LRA) Sungai Semenyih, a total of 39 areas in Wilayah Petaling (135,000 doors), 216 areas in the Hulu Langat (146.954 doors), 62 areas in Kuala Langat (28,160 doors), and 61 in the Sepang area (148.236 doors) are expected to deal with interrupted water supply and low pressure.
Syabas will be providing assistance during emergencies by sending water lorries and static water tanks and those affected are advised to use water sparingly until normal water supply resumes.
To find out which areas will be affected, look it up here.
UPDATE (9am, 17th Feb):
According to The Star Online, citing SYABAS, water supply is expected to be fully restored in the Petaling district by early Wednesday (18th Feb) morning.
SYABAS Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager Priscilla Alfred confirmed that the Petaling district was at 21% recovery status late yesterday, and that the Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat, and Sepang districts that were also affected should have had their water supply restored already.
Priscilla said the delay in restoring water to every area in the Petaling district was due to the area’s size. The Petaling district covers Puchong, Subang Jaya, Serdang, and UPM among others.
“We estimate that water will be restored in most areas by the end of Tuesday or Wednesday morning,” she said. She added that the restoration of water would depend on the usage. “If people use a lot of water, the recovery takes longer,” she said.
For more information, visit Syabas’ website.