Syabas: Water supply resumes, fewer Selangor, KL folk affected

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Water supply to residents in some parts of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur was resumed today, after operations at four water treatment plants were restarted early this morning.

Following a diesel spill yesterday that caused the water supply disruption, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) said the number of affected consumers has now fallen to an estimated 880,000.

“As of 10am, August 31, 2013, a few areas of affected consumers have started receiving water supply again despite a low (water) pressure.

“In relation to that, it is estimated that the total number of affected consumer accounts has dropped to around 880,000 accounts and is 60 per cent of the total consumer accounts in six districts, that is Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Klang/Shah Alam, Gombak, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor,” the water supply company said in a press statement today.

The company also said that water supply to the Kuala Langat area was now fully restored, but noted that the other affected areas would gradually start receiving water over the next few days.

“Syabas expects the supply of treated water that will resume in stages in areas still affected to reach 80 per cent in three more days, with full restoration in a week’s time,” it said.

Yesterday, Syabas said it would provide 42 lorry tankers and 525 static tanks to help alleviate the water shortage problem.

In its statement today, Syabas said it has already despatched 46 lorry tankers and 20 static tanks to affected areas, saying that 505 other static tanks were placed on standby.

It said three states — Johor, Perak and Negri Sembilan — had provided 14 lorry tankers to help Syabas.

But the company again reminded consumers to be prudent in their use of water, saying that the water aid was directed at places such as hospitals, medical centres and dialysis centres.

A diesel spill yesterday morning at the Sungai Selangor, the raw water source for the four plants, prompted Syabas to activate Code Red when it noted that one million people in the Klang Valley would be affected.

Cleaning-up operations were carried out yesterday on the polluted waters, with the diesel believed to have originated from an illegal factory.

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