Burst wa­ter pipe bursts our hopes

New Straits Times - - Letters -

WA­TER woes are detri­men­tal to house­holds with chil­dren and sick el­derly per­sons.

I feel ac­cess to wa­ter is of greater im­por­tance than elec­tric­ity.

The re­cent burst wa­ter pipe is yet another dis­as­trous oc­cur­rence for thou­sands of house­holds in the Klang Val­ley.

There are some ar­eas within the Klang Val­ley that are with­out wa­ter.

It is sad that calls made for wa­ter tankers have fallen on deaf ears, with a Syabas rep­re­sen­ta­tive quot­ing the size of Pe­tal­ing Jaya as an ex­cuse.

The fre­quent in­ci­dents raise con­cerns about the au­thor­i­ties’ op­er­a­tional prac­tices, par­tic­u­larly main­te­nance.

Are in­spec­tions con­ducted? Are cri­sis man­age­ment plans re­viewed, in­clud­ing to mit­i­gate emerg­ing risks such as cli­mate change?

Suf­fice to say, our wa­ter util­ity com­pany has a greater role to play.

Let’s strive to be a little more re­spon­si­ble to­wards the com­mu­nity, in­stead of con­sumers con­stantly buy­ing wa­ter when the cost of liv­ing is burn­ing a hole in the pocket.

T.K.,

Pe­tal­ing Jaya,Se­lan­gor

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