Klang Valley residents, who will be affected by the 86-hour water disruption starting Apr 24, spent the last few days making preparations to store water for the dry days ahead. (Bernama photo)

KUALA LUMPUR: Klang Valley residents, who will be affected by the 86-hour water disruption starting Apr 24, spent the last few days making preparations to store water for the dry days ahead.

In Shah Alam, water containers at several shops in the city are selling like hot cakes.

Checks at several shops in Section 2, 7 and 18 found the 48-litre water containers had run out of stock.

A shop assistant at Section 18, who only wanted to be known as Maskarto, said people had started buying water containers since Friday.

“The sales have been very good, especially yesterday. They came to buy four or five 48-litre water containers each.

“One even bought 20 units,” he said when met today.

According to him, there were two types of water containers available; red and black.

“Although the size is the same, the red water container is thicker and longer lasting.

“There were customers who came to buy the 32-litre water containers today,” he said.

The water disruption will affect residents in Klang, Shah Alam, Petaling, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor, following the upgrading of the electrical supply system at the Sungai Selangor Phase 2 Water Treatment Plant (LRA SSP2).

National Water Services Commission (SPAN) chairman Charles Santiago in a statement on April 19 said the upgrading works by Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) was necessary to prevent any damage or risk of electrical system failure to avoid sudden water disruptions.

“The upgrading works will start from 9am to 11pm, and this will stop the LRA SSP2 from operating.”

With the shutdown, water supply will be disrupted for up to 86 hours depending on the consumers’ location. As such 620,835 account holders or 4,143,465 consumers will be affected in 577 areas in the state.

Meanwhile, Air Selangor Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Suhaimi Kamaralzaman said it would deploy 106 water tankers to areas which may still be experiencing dry taps on April 26.

He said for emergency assistance, those in need for water supply can contact Hotline 15300 or WhatsApp at 019-2816793 or 019-2800919.

In Kuala Lumpur, many shops are taking advantage of the upcoming water disruption to promote containers outside their shops, since a notice on the disruption was issued by SPAN a few days ago.

Shopkeeper, Mei Fong, 45, said her shop has been enjoying brisk business since Friday, as people are buying water containers in large quantities.

“Many of them opted for the 130 litres water containers priced between RM80 and RM90.

“I will have to make a new order from the suppliers as my stocks are running low,” she said when met at her shop in Jalan Raja Alang, here today.

Nor Haida Mat Isa, 41, said she has stored water to meet her family’s daily needs. However, she is still concerned that it will not be enough.

“I had no choice but to buy additional water containers as the water disruption was expected to last up to 86 hours.

“During the period, I will have to buy food from the nearest restaurant, as cooking at home is out of the question.

“Furthermore, we are staying on the 17th floor. We must always have extra supply as it will be difficult to carry water from the ground level up,” said the civil servant.

Meanwhile, drink vendor Mohd Azmi Husin, 39, said he had stocked up mineral water for use during the disruption period.

He said the quality of drinks and customers are his priority.

“I hope the situation will be back to normal as soon as possible as it will disrupt my business and daily activities.

“I also hope that temporary water supplies can be provided at all times, especially in high-density areas,” he added.