Water supply yet to be fully restored after 6 days of disruption in KL, Selangor

File photo of a person washing their hands by an outdoor tap. Photo: Macau Photo Agency
File photo of a person washing their hands by an outdoor tap. Photo: Macau Photo Agency

Water supply may have restored for most households across Kuala Lumpur and the Selangor state, but nearly 5% are still affected by the supply cut that began six days ago. 

In today’s update, water supplier Air Selangor said that nearly 95% of homes, mostly located in the Hulu Langat district, Kuala Selangor, and Kuala Langat, have regained access to water. 

But households in Segambut Tengah and Klang are still affected. 

“We are doing our best to ensure that water supply is restored fully to all affected areas,” its statement read. 

Air Selangor previously said that the disruption was meant to last four days. It did not explain why the issue was taking longer than expected in today’s statement. 

Taps ran dry in millions of households on Thursday after authorities shut down four water treatment plants due to pollution in the Sungai Gong river. Oil pollutants were traced to a factory that had been operating illegally for six years in Rawang. 

“The owner or factory management did not send any application to conduct business,” Selayang Municipal Council representative Mohd Zin Masoad told the press yesterday.

The police have arrested the four factory owners who are said to be siblings. If found guilty of polluting the river, the siblings could each face a fine of up to RM500,000 (US$120,000) and five years’ jail. 

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