PETALING JAYA: The water disruption in Selangor will be extended after a severe pipe burst at the SSP3 treatment plant seriously injured several staff members, said Syarikat Bekalan Air Sdn Bhd (Syabas).
“The repair work was completed at 5pm ahead of estimated time and the plant was about to start operations when the incident happened,” Syabas said in a statement soon after the incident.
The water disruption was initially scheduled for three days starting yesterday. However, the statement did not state how much longer it will take for water supply to resume.
“During the incident the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) representatives with several Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Puas) and Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) officers were on site.
“The incident caused serious injuries to the staff on site and Splash has informed SPAN and the department of occupational safety (DOSH).
“Following the incident, the supply restoration has been extended from the original schedule,” it added.
The public, it said, would be informed about the new recovery status soon and that relief water supply via water tankers will continue until supply is restored.
“This is due to the balance of water in some parts of the distribution system,” he said.
On March 1, Syabas announced that the SSP3 water treatment plant would be undergoing a 10-hour shutdown for emergency repairs resulting in water disruption for residents in Petaling Jaya, Klang, Shah Alam, Gombak, Hulu Selangor and Kuala Lumpur for the next three days beginning yesterday.
“We will inform of the new recovery status and will work with SPLASH to assist in the repair works.
SYABAS added that relief water supply via water tankers will continue to be mobilised at affected areas and their local Service Centres will operate 24 hours a day until supply is restored.
“We will take all necessary measures to minimise the supply interruption impact and inconvenience to affected customers,” the statement read.