By THO XIN YI
Photo by DARRAN TAN
email@example.com | Aug 2, 2012
Serdang MCA urges Syabas to supply water periodically
SERDANG MCA wants a solution to the water supply disruptions in Balakong and Seri Kembangan.
During a visit to the Sungai Langat Water Treatment Plant in Hulu Langat, its deputy chairman Datuk Hoh Hee Lee requested Syabas to consider supplying water to affected areas in Balakong and Seri Kembangan for a speciffied period of time each day, instead of leaving the taps completely dry.
He said some residents have been suffering from water disruptions for the past eight days.
The residential areas facing the problem include Taman Sungai Besi Indah, Bandar Puncak Utama, Taman Puncak Utama, Putra Budiman, Belimbing Heights, Bukit Belimbing, Seri Pulai, Taming Jaya and Sri Timah.
“The residents have to rely on the water tankers from Syabas.
“Besides waiting for the tankers until late at night, those living in high-rise buildings have to carry the water back to their units. This is not the best possible solution,” he said.
Hoh hoped Syabas could let the supply to these areas continue for a few hours a day so the residents could better plan their water storage.
“Whether this practice is called water rationing or some other term, it is needed to solve the residents’ woes,” he said.
He added that Syabas should send their water tankers based on the real needs of the people.
“It should gauge the amount of water needed by calculating the number of houses in an area.
“The water distribution system should be well planned,” Hoh said, adding the Syabas should also refill the static tanks regularly.
Serdang MCA Complaints bureau chief Allan Liew joined the call for a solution.
“It is unfair that some residents are facing disruption in water supply,” he said.
Syabas’ representative present during the visit said he would relate the suggestions to Syabas.
Meanwhile, Puncak Niaga, which operates the water treatment plant, gave a briefing on the water treatment process.
Its regional manager Zairi Zainuddin said the design capacity of the plant was 386.4 million litres of water per day (mld) while the plant currently produced 457.17 mld.
“The plant supplies water to Syabas to be distributed to one million users in Hulu Langat, Cheras, Petaling Jaya, Ampang and Kajang,” he said.
The team also visited two balancing reservoirs nearby, and they discovered that the water level at both reservoirs were at 0.5m and 3.3m. The maximum levels are 4.5m and 8m respectively.
“The water levels in the reservoirs drop as the demand increases throughout the day.
“The Langat 2 water treatment plant project should be carried out immediately to ensure sufficient water supply to all residents in the Klang Valley,” Liew said.