Water rationing starts today in Selangor

Residents of Taman Impian Ehsan, Balakong, filling up their water container.

SHAH ALAM - Residents in Selangor have been warned to brace themselves for dry taps in coming days as the state government will start scheduled water rationing beginning today.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the water rationing will see consumers getting their supply cut off every two days.

"The affected areas will see two days of running water supply and another two days without it.

"We have to do this in response to the ongoing water crisis," he said, adding that Syabas tankers and static tanks would be sent to affected areas.

Naming Bukit Tampoi and Batu 11, Cheras among the affected areas, Khalid said the rest of the "problem areas" would be announced later today.

He said the water rationing exercise would allow the state government to channel water to areas severely affected by the crisis since Feb 7.

Speaking after the weekly executive council meeting here, Khalid said the state was forced to resort to water rationing as the seven dams in Selangor were running low no thanks to the drought.

He said the water rationing was expected to last until the end of March.

"The period of water rationing will depend on the weather. We were told that the rainy season would only start in the middle of March," he said