Syabas: Water disruptions almost cleared

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KUALA LUMPUR: Unscheduled water supply disruptions affecting a million consumers in the Klang Valley are now 95 per cent resolved, water concessionaire Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) said yesterday.

Its technical development executive director, V. Subramaniam, said supply was restored earlier than scheduled, following bypass works.

He said water had been restored to most of Gombak.

The disruptions were caused by technical failure at the Wangsa Maju pump house.

Subramaniam refuted claims by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and the state government that sabotage was the cause of the problem.

"Suggestions that Syabas wilfully manufactured this crisis is not logical because no sane person would dare do such a thing, especially when it affects the public," he said during a press conference at the Syabas headquarters here.

"Besides, Syabas has had to face high costs in managing an alternate water supply for its consumers."

On Khalid's accusation of Syabas neglecting periodic preventive maintenance on the variable speed drive (VSD) at the Wangsa Maju pump house, Subramaniam said it was performed monthly.

"If Syabas discovers specialised maintenance is required, we will refer the matter to the VSD manufacturer and supplier, which is ABB Malaysia Sdn Bhd, on a case-by-case basis," he said.

He also denied Khalid's claim that the cause of delay in the pump repairs could have been due to sourcing replacement parts from China.

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