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Need for shorter water supply disruption: Azmin

SHAH ALAM, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali wants water cuts in several parts of the Klang Valley to last over a shorter period than the stipulated six days.

He said a meeting would be held with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) today, to look into ways to expedite maintenance work at TNB's Bukit Badong sub-station.

According to water authorities in earlier comments, maintenance at the Kuala Selangor facility affects operations of Sungai Selangor water treatment plants, prompting disruption from today, which could last until Christmas Eve.

"We'll refer to TNB on the matter of the maximum period needed to undertake maintenance work to ensure water supply to affected areas will be channelled as soon as possible," Mohamed Azmin told reporters today.

He said this after officiating at a programme to encourage state government staff to use public transport to work once a week here today.

The menteri besar noted the state wanted the water cuts to be shortened, in view of the upcoming Christmas celebration.

He said an initial report indicated the disruption was not likely to last for six days as the water treatment plants were not entirely closed.

Mohamed Azmin however, added that although there were back-up electrical generators to treat raw water at the Sungai Selangor main water treatment plants, they only had the capacity to treat one million litres per day (MLD) of raw water as compared to 1.8 million on normal days.

It was reported that some 3.89 million users in the Klang Valley would have to go without normal water supply from today, due to the TNB maintenance operation at the Bukit Badong substation.

A total of 707,759 accounts in 814 areas in Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Gombak, Kuala Langat, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are affected by the supply disruption.

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