Thursday July 19, 2012
Donít create confusion among consumers, Sígor told
KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor government should immediately stop giving differing press statements on the current water issue as it is causing unnecessary confusion among consumers, said the Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia.
Its president S. Piarapakaran said the recent statement by the state government that the dams in Selangor were full and thus did not justify the call for water rationing was misleading.
“The core issue is not raw water but the supply of treated water, which is not able to keep pace with the rising demand,” he said.
Piarapakaran said what the water experts were saying was that the treatment plants were being overworked and any more strain on them might jeopardise the supply chain and thus, warrant the rationing.
He explained that dams were designed to hold water for specified periods of time and if the water was utilised faster than its planned usage, the level in the dams would go down, causing supply disruption to the treatment plants.
As for the rationing proposed by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas), Piarapakaran said that only the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) had the authority to make any announcement on the matter.
He said the public and businesses were not interested in who supplied the water so long as it was not disrupted. — Bernama