Why is this happening?

There will be water disruptions this week across the Klang Valley in order to upgrade our current switchboards and carry out a few pipe repairs at the Selangor River Phase 2 water treatment plant.

Who will be affected?

Close to a million residents around Kuala lumpur, Gombak, Petaling Jaya, Klang and Shah Alam will face water disruption.

But it’s not just housing areas that will be affected: Royal Selangor Club, National Science Centre, Government Complex Jalan Duta, Putra World Trade Center, KLCC, and other prominent landmarks will also be part of this water setback. Hospitals and places of worship will be able to access water tankers.

For the complete list of affected areas, check the Syabas website or call them on 1-800-88-5252.

How long will it take?

The disruption will begin on Tuesday 17 December between 8am until 9pm and will continue in different stages until Sunday 22 December. Water supply should be restored and reconnected within 24 hours after the stop-work operations complete, but if it may vary depending on how far you are from the supply source.

“We have 66 water tankers and 750 static tanks on standby at areas which may not have supply restored in 24 hours. We advise consumers to use water sparingly and store enough for use during the period of disruption,” said Priscilla Alfred, Syabas’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Assistant General Manager.

Aiyoh! How to tahan?

Water disruptions are no strangers to us. Sometimes we have them without any warning even, so this week-long shortage shouldn’t be anything we’ve not dealt with before. Make sure you store some water throughout the week. If your gym or local sports centre isn’t affected, you can sneaking some extra showers there.

How much water should I store?

According to the NST, an average Malaysian family of four requires about 20 cubic metres of water monthly (20,000 litres), but we tend to use more. That’s about 645 litres for one family in a day. But if you stick to the essentials, we reckon about three to five pails of water per person, per day, should suffice.

Rathika Sheila

Image credit: Danni Alexandria, Creative Commons.