Sunday January 13, 2013
Water disruptions still occurring despite repairs to Wangsa Maju pump
By LOH FOON FONG and S. PUSPADEVI
KUALA LUMPUR: Despite repairs made to the water pump at the Wangsa Maju pump station, water disruptions are still occurring at several areas due to its inability to meet demand.
Syabas chief operating officer Datuk Lee Miang Koi said the disruptions had affected residents in Kuala Lumpur and Gombak after the Wangsa Maju water pump house broke down on Dec 29 last year and Jan 1. However, they were working again from Jan 2.
“It failed again but was working by 3am on Friday, delivering 180 million litres per day. About 97% of supply in Gombak has returned to normal,” he said in a statement yesterday.
It was reported that the water crisis had affected 90 areas in Gombak and Ampang allegedly due to the Wangsa Maju water pump house operating at excess capacity, affecting nearly 500,000 users.
Lee also said that some consumers facing the disruptions had been receiving back-up supply from the Sungai Langat water treatment plant, which was also operating beyond its capacity.
Lee said that the installation of by-pass pipes at the Wangsa Maju pump house was expected to be completed by Monday.
“The pipes will be able to supply 30 million litres per day of treated water from Kolam Dusun Kubung to some affected areas by Thursday,” he said.
Meanwhile, Federal Territory MCA chairman Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho said Syabas has confirmed that affected areas in Cheras would receive water supply by Wednesday.
“A total of 80 water trucks have been brought in to the affected areas, while 261 static water tanks have also been placed in the areas,” he said yesterday after attending a dialogue session with Lee and Federal Territory Syabas head Kelvin Siew Weng Hoe at the authority's headquarters in Jalan Pantai Baharu here.
Tan also called on the Selangor state government to work closely with the Federal Government to expedite the construction of the Langat II water treatment plant as part of measures to tackle the issue.
“I hope all parties involved will extend their cooperation to see this project through,” he added.
A tweet from Puspel Syabas yesterday reported that there were water disruptions in Hulu Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Sepang, Petaling and Gombak. For more information, visit http://www.syabas.com.my or http://twitter.com/ puspel.