Water supply restored to 96 per cent affected consumers

Water supply restored to 96 per cent affected consumers
A worker washing vegetables after the water crisis at Pudu Market, Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Water supply in several areas affected by diesel contamination of Sungai Selangor have been restored 96 per cent while the emergency response code has been revised from Red to Yellow.

Water concessionaire Syabas said only Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Shah Alam and Gombak were experiencing supply disruptions and low pressure.

This development is due in part to the cooperation of operators in ensuring that "treatment plants are operating at maximum capacity," said Syabas corporate communication and public affairs department deputy general manager Priscilla Alfred.

A Code Yellow is for disruptions affecting only one district while Code Green is activated when the consumers hit number about 50,000 or less.

After the spill, Syabas activated its top emergency response of Code Red ,which is for supply disruptions affecting more than one million consumers.

As of noon yesterday, Syabas said the number of people affected had decreased dramatically to 4.2 per cent (63,390) of accounts from about 60 per cent (more than 880,000) on Aug 31.

The areas still affected included Batu 3 Shah Alam, Batu 8 Bukit Kemuning, Ampang Jaya, Bukit Antarabangsa, Jalan Ampang, Taman Sri Rampai, Setapak Jaya and Plaza Damansara.

Alfred said 413 trips were made to distribute clean water while 69 static tanks were put at strategic locations in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang and Shah Alam.

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