Report on Klang water disruption expected in a month, says SPAN

Workers carry out repair work on several pipes which burst near the project site for the construction of the Banting-Taiping West Coast Expressway. (Bernama pic)

CYBERJAYA: The investigation into the unscheduled water supply disruption in the Klang district following the burst of three main pipes near the project site for the construction of the Banting-Taiping West Coast Expressway (WCE) is expected to be resolved in a month’s time, says the National Water Services Commission (SPAN).

Its chairman Charles Santiago said the commission formed a high-level technical committee last week comprising five experts including from the Malaysian Highway Authority and the Public Works Department to scrutinise the source of the problem.

“We want to see whether there was any encroachment in our water pipes,” he told reporters after attending a breaking of fast event with the staff members of SPAN and the media here yesterday.

Recently, almost 90 areas in the Klang district experienced an unscheduled water supply disruption after three major pipes in the road construction area burst.

The chairman of the Selangor Infrastructure, Public Amenities, Agricultural Modernisation and Agro-based Industry Ir Izham Hashim was reported to have said the state government and the WCE would resolve the pipe repair work as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Santiago said SPAN would study possible action against those responsible for the disruption after a report has been completed.

Meanwhile, he said six states had held dialogues with SPAN on the issue of the increase in water tariff rate.

On the issue of pollution at the Ayer Ganda water treatment plant in Perak, he said the plant was still closed and would only be reopened once the raw water is free of pollution.