Millions in KL, Selangor brace for dry days

Syabas is deploying hundreds of water tankers to ensure water supply to consumers in the Klang Valley. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Millions of consumers in the Klang Valley are bracing themselves for a major water disruption which begins tomorrow, with many preparing plastic drums to store water and stocking up on drinking water.

A total of 577 areas will see a temporary water supply disruption from April 24 to 27 due to improvement works on water supply system at Sungai Selangor Phase 2 Water Treatment Plant (LRA SSP2).

Residents in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Gombak, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor will be affected, involving 620,835 account holders of Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas).

Zubaidah Mat Isa, 34, said she had purchased a drum and two large plastic pails to store water.

“Since Saturday, I have started storing water and bought large bottles of drinking water to be sent to my nanny’s house as she will also be affected,” the mother of two told Bernama.

Ilias Ibrahim, 63, started preparations a week ago by buying several large drums to store water.

“All of us in Chow Kit are prepared. Suddenly bottled mineral water are literary flying off the shelves last weekend as consumers came prepared for the worst,” he said.

Food stall operator Sann Mazna Abdullah, 64, is closing her stall during the period.

“We would be suffering losses for stopping operations but then again we really want to ensure cleanliness, in this case, we rather close the stall during the water disruption period,” she said.

Meanwhile, Syabas said it would deploy 82 water tankers and 17 jumbo tankers throughout the water disruption.

“Apart from lorry tankers, 106 static tanks would be placed at strategic locations and at critical premises such as hospitals, clinics, dialysis centres and so on. We will also activate 10 Local Service Centres (PKS) to assist in providing water supply,” said Syabas spokesman Abdul Raof Ahmad.

He said in emergency cases such as funerals or wedding feasts, customers can contact Syabas at its Call Centre at 15300 or via WhatsApp at 0192816739 or 0192800919.