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CURRENT SITUATION OF WATER SUPPLY IN SELANGOR, KUALA LUMPUR AND PUTRAJAYA FOLLOWING WATER DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY CAPACITY

 

URGENT

MEDIA RELEASE

22 June 2012

 

Consumers Urged To Reduce Water Consumption

 

Hulu Langat – Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SYABAS) today reports on the current water supply situation in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya and informed that there has been occurrence of unscheduled water disruptions in several areas since 17 May 2012.

 

SYABAS has highlighted that the disruptions were caused by receding water levels in the key reservoirs, resulted from the phenomenal increase in the water demand.  This is resulted from the current hot and dry weather in Klang Valley. According to SYABAS records, the average water demand from 17 May 2012 until 21 June 2012 is 4,329.19 MLD (Million Litres Per Day) as compared to the average from 1 January 2012 until 16 May 2012 at 4,228.87 MLD. This shows an increase of water demand as much as 100.32 MLD (2.37%). The average water demand for the past five (5) weeks have also increased drastically as compared to the average production in the year 2011 at 4,142.71 MLD, an increase of 186.48 MLD (4.50%).

 

This situation has resulted in all the Water Treatment Plants (WTP) especially those that have been operating at maximum capacity or have exceeded its design capacity (overload)  to be operated under stressed condition in order to meet the increased demand. The total maximum production capacity from all 34 WTPs is around 4,371 MLD.  That is inclusive of Sg. Labu WTP (stage 1) which commenced its operations in late March 2012.  Among the over-stressed WTPs are Sg. Selangor Phase 2 (SSP2), Sg. Langat, Sg. Semenyih, Sg. Batu and others.

 

The increase in demand in the last few weeks have breached the maximum production capacity since the last few days.  To cater for the exceptional increase in demand, reserves in a few key reservoirs have been drawn down, which resulted in the water levels in the reservoirs to recede.  This in turn, resulted in unscheduled water disruptions and low water pressure in several areas. 

 

This situation can be seen more clearly in the following table:-

Table 1.0 – Water Demand vs Distributable Capacity from all WTPs

 

Duration

Treated Water Demand (MLD)

Distributable Capacity (MLD) From All WTPs

Reserve Capacity

MLD

%

Jan 2011 -     Dis 2011

4,142.71

(average)

 

4,326

 

183.29

 

4.24

1 Jan 2012 – 16 Mei 2012

4,228.87

(average)

4,326

97.13

2.25

17 Mei 2012 – 15 Jun 2012

4,316.69

(average)

4,371

54.31

1.24

16 Jun 2012

4,407.61

4,371

-36.61*

-0.8

17 Jun 2012

4,409.91

4,371

-38.91*

-0.9

18 Jun 2012

4,388.60

4,371

-17.60*

-0.4

19 Jun 2012

4,385.67

4,371

-14.67

-0.34

20 Jun 2012

4,380.33

4,371

-9.33

-0.21

21 Jun 2012

4,378.05

4,371

-7.05

-0.16

*To cater for the shortage of supply from WTP, reserves from key reservoirs were utilized.

 

The exceptional increase in water demand that exceeded water production capacity has led to receding water levels in key reservoirs and were unable to be restored to normal levels. Among the districts most affected by this situation including the districts of Petaling, Klang and Hulu Langat. Details of affected areas are also attached in Table  A.

 

Given very limited reserve capacity, the situation is exposed to the risk of experiencing water shortages during peak demand period as had happened recently.  The situation would be worse and become more critical when production is affected by unforeseen circumstances such as deterioration of raw water quality due to lack of rain, raw water contamination at rivers; required scheduled service and maintenance works at WTPs etc. If the demand of treated water continues to increase at this trend, it is expected that more areas and consumers will be affected with water interruption.

 

According to the forecasts made by the Department of Meteorology, Peninsular   Malaysia is currently experiencing the effects of the South-West Monsoon, (May-September) which results in current hot and dry spell.

 

To face the effects of this dry spell, SYABAS has instructed water treatment operators supplying water to SYABAS to operate all the water treatment facilities at maximum capacity.

 

In addition, SYABAS has undertaken redistribution of water wherever possible to minimize the negative impact to consumer. SYABAS will also continue to urge Selangor State Government and the Federal Government to increase water production capacity in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as a long-term solution to overcome the problem.

 

In the meantime, consumers are advised to reduce water consumption and use water sparingly throughout the hot and dry season. The consumers are encouraged to make enquiries through the toll free number 1-800-88-5252 or SMS by typing PUSPEL <space> <report, complaint or enquiry> and send to 39222 to enable speedy action by SYABAS. Consumers can also connect with SYABAS via our Facebook and Twitter to know the latest updates of the water supply situation.

 

- End-

DATO’ RUSLAN HASSAN

Chief Executive Officer

 


 

For further information, please contact:

ABDUL HALEM HJ MAT SOM 

Executive Director, Corporate Affairs

 

Tel     : 03-2088 5400                                   

Fax     : 03-2088 5288

Email  : halem@syabas.com.my

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