Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya usage exceeds production capacity
ALL water treatment plant operators have been instructed to run their plants at the maximum rate to meet the demand for water in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, which said this in a statement yesterday, revealed the three regions recorded a total water usage of about 4,421 million litres on Saturday.
This exceeded the production capacity of all the 34 treatment plants in these areas.
Consumers who need water supply through tankers or want to get more information can contact the Puspel service centre
As a result of demand exceeding supply, some areas experienced water outages or low water pressure, the ministry said.
Residents were advised to use water wisely in order to reduce water consumption during this period of hot weather.
The treatment plants' maximum operating and distribution capacity is 4,371 million litres per day while the average water demand from June 25 to July 1 was 4,368 million litres per day, with water reserves of only 0.1 per cent.
The ministry and the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) is monitoring the water situation closely.
It is doing this together with Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) as well as water treatment operators Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd, Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd.
Consumers who need water supply through tankers or want to get more information on disruptions can contact the Puspel customer service centre at 1-800-88-5252 or SMS by typing Puspel complaints/inquiry and send to 39222.
They can also lodge complaints by typing "puspel" or "puspel syabas" on Facebook and Twitter.
Syabas corporate affairs executive director Abdul Halim Mat Som said the increase in water usage could be due to the hot weather which prompted consumers to use more water in their households..
He said consumers should learn how to recycle water for non-consumption use and be made aware of the implications of a water crisis.