CRITICAL PERIOD: They hope authorities will come to a consensus
KUALA LUMPUR: RESIDENTS and manufacturers in Selangor have adopted a wait-and-see approach as they brace for more water disruptions.
Section 5 Petaling Jaya Residents' Association chairman Johan Tung Abdullah said reports that water disruptions were expected to worsen next month during Ramadan were "terrible news".
"It is important the authorities inform us in advance so that we can take the necessary steps to conserve water.
"I hope the parties involved -- Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas), the federal or Selangor governments -- will be able to come to a consensus and resolve the issue."
In Klang, residents said there was not much they could do, but hope for a swift solution to the state's prolonged water woes. (Klang is one of the areas expected to be worst hit by water disruptions next month.)
Sungai Jati Klang Residents' Association chairman T. Desmond said his neighbourhood had experienced frequent water cuts and low-water pressure over the past four years.
"The water disruptions have been occurring almost every three to four months, ever since the current Selangor administration came into power."
While he had not yet been informed whether his neighbourhood would be affected by the crisis, Desmond said the disruptions had become so frequent that it was now difficult for residents to conserve and store additional water.
"There does not seem to be an end in sight."
Taman Gembira Klang Residents' Association chairman Toni Ahmad Azani said he was "quite worried" after hearing news of the impending crisis.
"Everyone is just waiting to see whether their area will be affected," he said.
Toni also said although his area had yet to experience any water disruption, Syabas, on its part, had done well so far by informing residents of any impending disruption.
"Recently, it has started sending me text messages of the areas expected to be affected by water disruptions."
Meanwhile, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers vice-president Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said frequent water disruptions would affect production if no action was taken to improve the situation.
He said it was up to the state and federal governments to resolve the problem.
Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) chief executive officer Datuk Paul Selva Raj said consumers should start using water prudently.
"Although we are facing water woes, people are still using clean water to wash their cars and for gardening. Water is cheap in our country. Therefore, people have no qualms about wasting it."