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5 hurt in accident at plant, water cuts may be extended


KUALA LUMPUR: At least five workers involved in repair works at the Sungai Selangor water treatment plant in Ijok, Selangor, were seriously injured when a surge vessel system at the plant exploded at 5pm yesterday.

The incident is believed to have involved workers from both Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) and Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor (Splash).

Syabas’ Customer Services and Corporate Communicat­ions Department head Abdul Raof Ahmad said the incident occurred just as the plant was about to be reactivate­d to resume operations.

It was learnt that there was a failure involving the surge system.

Due to the system failure, two pipes, measuring 1.1m, burst.

Raof said there would be an extension to the expected recovery date for water supply to the affected areas in the Klang Valley.

However, he did not say how long it would be.

He said the company would keep the public informed on the status of recovery works and would cooperate with Splash on the repair works.

He said representa­tives of the National Water Services Commission (Span) and Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd, as well as Splash staff, were at the scene when the incident occurred.

The nature of their injuries remain unknown at press time.

“Splash has informed Span and the Safety and Health Department of the incident,” Raof said.

He said water tankers would be deployed to the affected areas, and that Syabas service centres would operate around the clock.

Splash has informed Span and the Safety and Health Department of the incident.

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