Syabas struggles to cope with water crisis

SyabasPETALING JAYA: Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) is struggling to handle the current water crisis facing residents.

A source revealed to FMT that the company was struggling to cope with the immense demand for water tankers particularly for Subang Jaya residents.

According to the source, the company only had 58 water tankers on hand and had resorted to renting tankers as well as enlisting the help of other government agencies.

Even then, the combined number of tankers stood only at 83.

The 83 tankers had to be stretched across four districts, namely Petaling, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Sepang, and residents in these areas had already begun to complain.

Subang Jaya Assemblywoman Hannah Yeoh tonight shared a Facebook post detailing Syabas’s schedule of water disruptions and restoration of water supply.

However, irate Subang residents argued that Syabas’s schedule was unacceptable to them.

“Open from 8am to 2pm. This is an emergency situation; direct MPSJ to supply from 6am to 10pm.

“We need water to bathe and go to work. I stay in USJ, now its 9.30pm, still no water. What happened to water by 4pm?” commented Eric Goh on Yeoh’s Facebook post.

“I’d rather Syabas not stop supply of water at all, smell or no smell. The water we have been using is contaminated all this while. Take a look at our filter!

“After all, we are used to bottled water for consumption. At least we have water to flush toilets.

“Very incompetent administration – whoever runs Syabas, Selangor and the Environmental Office,” commented James Katz in response to Yeoh’s Facebook post.

Facebook user Jacky Wong said: “NO WATER TILL NOW!! Whether Azmin Ali or Hannah, doesn’t matter anymore.

“I’d rather vote for Noh Omar if he can solve the water crisis. To me, whether it is Azmin or Hannah, it’s total disaster for Subang Jaya folks in this water crisis.”

Facebook user Choo KY commented that opening water supplies from 8am to 2pm was a bad move, considering that most of the residents “are at work.”

“This adds more salt to the wound,” Choo wrote.

Facebook user Shamiela Mariasoosai said that there had been “no water for the past 3 days and water schedule for Zone 2 is not correct as we have yet to have any water.”

“Its been 3 days. No water tanker in sight. Sorry 8am to 2pm, we are all at work.

“Now 9.55pm. USJ 3 residents utterly fed up with false news,” she wrote, saying there was no sign of any water tanker.

When contacted, a Syabas spokesperson told FMT that the company sent out 75 tankers to affected areas in Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat, Sepang and Petaling.

When asked how many tankers had been sent to USJ based on claims that no tankers had been sent there, the spokesperson said he would have to check first before replying.