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No Water In Klang Valley After Overturned Tanker Spills Diesel Into Sg Selangor

Written on August 31, 2013 – 9:03 am | by Saimatkong Tian Leong | 961 views

I’ve been hearing complaints from some of my friends that there’s no water recently and now here’s the reason why there’s no water in your house! Those affected districts are Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Klang/Shah Alam, Gombak, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor. Please use your water wisely!

No Water In Klang Valley

No Water In Klang Valley After Overturned Tanker Spills Diesel Into Sg Selangor

You may follow Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) announcement via Twitter here

A million in Klang Valley to go without water – maybe for days

Cause for concern: A Puncak Niaga worker inspecting the oil spill at the Sungai Selangor Phase 2 treatment plant.
Cause for concern: A Puncak Niaga worker inspecting the oil spill at the Sungai Selangor Phase 2 treatment plant.

PETALING JAYA: Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) has activated its emergency response plan to Code Red following the closure of four treatment plants caused by diesel spillage 10km away from the intake area.

Over one million consumers in seven districts will be affected by water disruption due to the closure of the Sungai Selangor Phase 1, 2 and 3 and Rantau Panjang treatment plants to facilitate clean-up works.

The current treated water reserve at the four plants can only last for a day.

The four plants produce 2.67 billion litres of water daily, catering to 57% of water demand in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Districts affected are Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Klang/Shah Alam, Gombak, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor.

Syabas is appealing to consumers to prudently use water from the existing storage, as the duration of disruption could not be ascertained as yet.

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs department deputy general manager Priscilla Alfred said the Code Red was activated at 4pm yesterday and staff were put on standby.

Code Red is activated when a situation is most severe and affects more than a million consumers.

“LUAS (Lembaga Urus Air Selangor) has initiated a cleaning up exercise,” she said.

It is also seeking help from the Government to help transport water supply to affected consumers, as its facilities are not designed to cater to such a massive water disruption.

Syabas could only provide 42 mobile water tankers and 525 static tankers to assist those affected.

The operators of the affected plants discovered the diesel spillage from a factory nearby at 8am yesterday, and immediately stopped operations.

Selangor state secretary Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi, who heads the state water monitoring committee, hoped that the clean-up operations could be completed within 12 hours.

He said the factory located up­st­ream from Sungai Selangor Phase 2, near Rawang, had been ordered to cease operations immediately.

He said the two to three days to get the plants functioning was necessary as they needed to be cleaned as well.

“If works to clean up the river cannot be done by tonight, the situation is only going to get worse,” he said yesterday.

Prolonged closure of the treatment plants would result in low water pressure in the seven affected districts.

With high demand and treated water reserve capacity at around 1%, Syabas warned that recovery period would take a long time – even after the four water treatment plants resumed operations.

Syabas said it would keep consumers updated on the situation periodically.

Source : TheStar

Water cuts in KL, S’gor after overturned tanker spills diesel into Sg Selangor (Updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: A tanker overturned spilling diesel into Sungai Selangor Friday, forcing the closure of four treatment plants which supply water to some 10,000 consumers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the incident happened at 8am, causing water supply disruption in Gombak, Klang, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Langat.

“We had to close four treatment plants namely Sungai Selangor Fasa 1 (SSP1), Sungai Selangor Fasa 2 (SSP2), Sungai Selangor Fasa 3 (SSP3), and the Air Rantau Panjang plant to prevent polluted raw water from entering the plants,” he told reporters after attending an Umno Supreme Council meeting here Friday.

He said cleaning up work was being carried out but expected this to take some time.

“The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) has activated its operations room to assist affected consumers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) in a statement said cleaning up work of the spillage was underway.

Syabas’ Corporate Communications and Public Affair Department assistant general manager Priscilla Alfred said the cleaning up work would take some time because of the nature of the pollution.

She said the company would update consumers on the situation from time to time, Bernama reported.

Meanwhile, Selangor Water Contamination Emergency committee chairman Elizabeth Wong said late Friday that the diesel in the river was being cleaned with an oil-boom placed at all four treatment plants and the situation was under control.

“However, all relevant parties are working closely to ensure that there is no other contamination somewhere else,” she said in a press statement.

Source : TheStar

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