Water supply resumes to FIZ Penang after 18 hours disruption

 |Sep 20, 2016
PBAPP CEO Jaseni Maidinsa express regrets for any the inconvenience caused by the water disruption.
PBAPP CEO Jaseni Maidinsa express regrets for any the inconvenience caused by the water disruption.

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.

A major water pipe leakage caused some 18-hour water disruption in Bayan Lepas FIZ and neighbouring areas in Penang island between Monday night and Tuesday noon.
A major water pipe leakage caused some 18-hour water disruption in Bayan Lepas FIZ and neighbouring areas in Penang island between Monday night and Tuesday noon.

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.”

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