Friday, August 30, 2013

Serious water disruption: Syabas code red emergency

Syabas, the inefficient water distributor has announced a serious water disruption warranting a Code Red emergency. This was due to spillage of diesel from an overturned tanker.

Altogether, four water treatments plants namely Sungai Selangor Phase 1, 2 and 3 and Rantau Panjang had to be closed down to facilitate cleaning up activities. It is not yet known how long before they can clean up the water treatment plants. It is also not known if this pollution has already contaminated the distribution channels. Such serious unknown means that it could be a very long time before they can start distributing the water to consumers again. This is really serious.

Districts affected are Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Klang/Shah Alam, Gombak, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor.

Syabas really needs to be removed as a water treatment plant operator as well as distributor of treated water. For the very first thing Syabas should do is to make an announcement in their website informing the public of this serious emergency. As at 10.30pm, the webpage where such announcement of water disruption should be made was still showing NO WATER DISRUPTION.

Serious Water disruption - Syabas code red emergency

Due to numerous rumours especially via the social media and email forwards which eventually proved to be false, careful people will likely research the authenticity of such rumours and the first website they will likely search is Syabas website itself. Such tardiness will make people react much more slowly to emergencies.

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