Water supply to Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone (FIZ) in Penang had resumed at 2pm today after disruption for almost 18 hours.
The water disruption started at 9.45pm on Monday following a leakage at one of the key water pipeline at a river bridge in Medan Pantai Jerejak, near Sungai Dua Besar.
Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) chief executive officer (CEO) Jaseni Maidinsa said PBAPP had to shut down a major 900mm water pipeline to facilitate emergency repair works after water supply was disrupted in the southern areas of the island.
“PBAPP personnel and contractors had to build coffer dam quickly to isolate the repair site.
“We were ready to proceed with the repairs at 9.45pm last night but due to bad weather, high river waters and high tides we were delayed by 10 hours.” said Jaseni.
Work at site was completed by 2pm on Tuesday and water supply is expected to resume gradually to all disrupted areas.
He stressed that this was an unscheduled water supply disruption caused by a mishap at a challenging location and PBAPP took immediate action despite the bad weather.
During the shutdown period, PBAPP optimised the pumping of water from Bukit Dumbar via the two other key pipelines to all the southern areas of the island, including the Bayan Lepas FIZ and the Penang International Airport (PIA).
“We also deployed water tankers to provide water to residents living on higher ground overnight,” said Jaseni.
“We regret any inconvenience caused by this mishap and water disruption.”