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KUALA LUMPUR: An early warning system for water disruptions must be set up by local councils and water operators, said Water and Energy Consumers Association of Malaysia (Wecam) secretary-general Foon Weng Lian.
He said Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) should inform consumers of the length of disruption through the media as well as via notices.
Syabas should also prepare an adequate number of water tankers to supply water to affected areas while ensuring that consumers were informed about the water tankers' distribution schedule.
In Shah Alam, the Selangor government has asked an independent regulator and an operations auditor from the international consultancy company, Halcrow, to look into the cause of the pollution in Sungai Selangor.
In a statement issued to the media yesterday, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the duo would conduct checks on four water treatment plants together with staff from water concessionaire Syabas.
"We take the matter (the pollution and the possible resulting water cuts) seriously and will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone responsible for the pollution," said Khalid.
Syabas had on Monday warned that more than three million people in the Klang Valley risked water cuts because of the sudden turbidity in the Sungai Selangor water plants in Ijok. This had resulted in a drop of 60 per cent in clean water production.