* This article was updated at 5.15pm on March 7.
Looks like the dry taps in Klang Valley are going to remain dry for a while. Following the emergency repair works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 3 (SSP3) water treatment plant, the surge vessel system at the plant exploded at 5pm yesterday (March 6), injuring at least five workers, according to the New Straits Times.
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SYABAS) released a statement explaining that the incident happened just as the plant was to be reactivated. The New Straits Times report said the surge system suffered a failure, causing two pipes, measuring 1.1 metres, to burst.
“The repair works were completed at 5pm, ahead of estimated time, but unfortunately this incident happened. A staff (member) was seriously injured on site and Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH) informed the National Water Services Commission and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health,” the statement read.
Syabas customer services and corporate communications department head, Abdul Raof Ahmad, said in the meantime, lorry tankers will be deployed to the affected areas as the water cuts is believed to affect 546,000 account holders in 498 areas. Their local Service Centres will operate 24 hours a day until supply is restored.
Areas affected are Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Gombak, Hulu Selangor, and Kuala Langat.
According to a Berita Harian live video, water supply will resume in stages after repair works have been completed tomorrow (March 8) at 6pm. Subsequently, water supply will be returned to homes in stages as well, starting with Kuala Langat and Hulu Selangor by 6am on Saturday (March 10), meanwhile Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Gombak, and Kuala Lumpur will resume water supply by 6pm on Sunday (March 11).