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Selangor's water crisis takes turn for the worse

SELANGOR folk will have to endure more hardship after a large pipe bursts at the SSP3 treatment plant in Ijok. At least five Syabas employees are seriously injured.

- FALIQ LAJIM

SELANGOR folk are concerned that their stored water would not be enough to tide them over the three-day water shortage affecting the state.

Checks showed that Shah Alam and Klang are the areas most affected by the shortage, brought about by repair works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 3 water treatment plant.

Water supply was supposed to have resumed at 9am tomorrow. However, due to the burst pipe at the Sungai Selangor water treatment plant in Ijok, consumers are likely to endure more days without water.

College lecturer Nur Iliani Adnan, 21, said she and her four housemates started storing water on Monday, and hoped that it would be enough for three days.

“We bought pails and buckets to store water. We use water sparingly,” she said.

Rozana Jaafar, a 53-year-old housewife, said she had prepared at least eight pails for her family’s use.

However, she was concerned that it won’t be enough.

“I’ve been living in Seksyen 7 for almost seven years and this has been going on almost every year.

“This is not a small matter as water is a basic necessity,” she said.

The residents said they had to fork out hundreds of ringgit to buy large containers to store water.

Sungai Udang resident Naif Ghazali, 32, said he spent RM120 to buy three water containers.

“It’s bad enough that we don’t have water, we also have to spend money. The containers cost more than my monthly water bill.”

A total of 427 areas in the Klang Valley began experienci­ng water supply disruption in stages from yesterday.

Other affected areas are Kuala Lumpur, Gombak, Petaling, Hulu Selangor and Kuala Langat.

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 ?? PIC BY MUHAMMAD SULAIMAN ?? Residents collecting water from a tanker in Shah Alam yesterday.
PIC BY MUHAMMAD SULAIMAN Residents collecting water from a tanker in Shah Alam yesterday.

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