Mad rush to buy water

Mad rush to buy water
Residents of SS2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor queuing up for water distributed with an assortment of buckets, pails and containers.

MALAYSIA - Klang Valley residents on Sunday welcomed the trickle of water flowing out of their taps after the water supply had been cut off in most areas since Friday.

A factory located along the banks of the Sungei Selangor had discharged used engine oil into the river, forcing the four water treatment plants in the area to stop operations, reported The Star.

Local residents appear to have made a run on bottled water and mineral water in shops, resorting to buying isotonic sports drinks when the water was sold out.

Last Saturday, several shops reported that water had been sold out within an hour after they opened.

"It's crazy. There were people lining up in front of the shop before we even opened for the day," said a supermarket clerk.

Accountant Liew Chin Ee and his family drove in two cars to a store to load up on bottles of water after hearing about the water disruption over the radio.

"We have already been to a few places. They have run out of water. I do not know how long this is going to be, so better be safe than sorry."

Writer J. Loh, who lives in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, said his taps were dry when he got home at 9pm last Friday.

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