Water rationing proposed in KL, Hulu Langat, Klang


KUALA LUMPUR -- Following the worsening water crisis in the Klang Valley, particularly in Kuala Lumpur, Hulu Langat and Klang, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) has proposed water rationing in the said areas.

Syabas will present its proactive action plan on the matter to the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) next week.  

Syabas chief executive officer Datuk Ruslan Hassan said the plan was necessary to resolve the water crisis affecting the three districts, based on complaints by its residents.

He expressed confidence that the plan would be acceptable to them after the repeated problems they had been facing lately.  

"If it's approved by SPAN, Syabas will ration water in the affected districts. We'll inform the residents before doing so," he said during a press conference at a housing estate in Taman Sungai Besi Indah here today.  

According to him, 125,075 factory, house and shop accounts in Kuala Lumpur, Hulu Langat and Klang experienced frequent water disruptions.

Ruslan confirmed that Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya were already experiencing a water crisis due to demand exceeding the production capacity of its water treatment plants, disruptions and low water pressure lately.   

"The spike in demand caused water levels to dip sharply at several main reservoirs because existing clean water reserves are less than three percent.   

"The ensuing low water pressure disrupted supply to some areas such as Petaling, Klang, Kuala Lumpur and Hulu Langat involving 209,678 accounts, affecting about half a million residents," he explained.

The situation warranted several treatment plants to experience stress when they operated at full capacity or exceeded their capacity to meet demands, he said.   

Since last month, demand for treated water was at 4,349 million litres a day although the combined capacity from all 34 treatment plants was only 4,371 million litres a day. -- Bernama 

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