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Water rationing: Don't make it a perennial event

  • Such water supply disruption is not an isolated case and has been recurring on a rather regular basis in recent years, seriously affecting the people's lives and business operations.

Translated by DOMINIC LOH
Sin Chew Daily

As the winter solstice festival and Christmas are drawing near, some 800 locations across Klang Valley are suffering from the plight of disrupted water supply, affecting more than 3.8 million households.

The water supply disruption was supposed to last for six days from Dec 19 to Christmas Eve, but given the strong public outcry, the ministry of energy, green technology and water secretary-general Dr Zaini Ujang later confirmed that the water rationing period would be shortened to four days.

SPAN announced earlier that areas in Klang Valley would be going through the "2-days-on, 2-days-off" water rationing due to maintenance works carried out at TNB's main entry substation in Bukit Badong, Hulu Selangor.

Even though water is still available during the rationing period, the "2-days-on, 2-days-off" rationing scheme will remarkably disrupt the day-to-day operations of local businesses as well as people's lives, in particular the hawkers. Water supply disruption is particularly inconvenient ahead of the year-end festive seasons, dampening the mood of the public.

To be fair, the maintenance works to be carried out by TNB are absolutely necessary so that electricity supply disruption will be minimized in the future. However, when planning the maintenance schedule, perhaps the authorities should also take into consideration the needs of the general public, and should time the works away from the festive seasons as far as possible so as not to cause excessive inconvenience to the public.

In other words, there should be more reasonable and comprehensive works schedule planning.

Klang Valley is the economic hub of the country, and the water rationing scheme lasting several days will most definitely affect the local businesses.

What warrants our attention is that such water supply disruption is not an isolated case and has been recurring on a rather regular basis in recent years, seriously affecting the people's lives and business operations.

In Klang Valley alone, this thing has happened several times this year a a result of river pollution. It is imperative that the government seriously look into this matter and address the problem, not to allow it to develop into a perennial event.

It is one of the government's obligations to make sure that the public gain access to adequate supply of clean water, which is indispensable to our day-to-day living.

Water supply disruption should not have occurred at such a high frequency in Klang Valley in the first place, given our abundant water resources. The key lies with human negligence. All the relevant units, including the federal and state governments, the water supply concessionaires, etc. must work hand-in-hand to draw up comprehensive and effective solutions to solve the water woes once and for all.

 

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