AWER blames Langat 2 delay for water disruption

Piarapakaran claims political considerations, ineffective bureaucracy and other issues have contributed to the delay

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE construction delay of Langat 2 water treatment project has resulted in insufficient water supplies and unscheduled water disruption in Selangor, according to the Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER).

The Langat 2 project is responsible for the treatment and distribution of water from the Pahang-Selangor Raw Water Transfer (PSRWT) Project.

“The project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2019, but has been delayed until 2023, resulting in a temporary lack of water supply,” AWER president S Piarapakaran said.

He claimed that political considerations, ineffective bureaucracy and other issues have contributed to the delay.

According to Piarapakaran, the plant is critical to ensuring the Klang Valley’s uninterrupted water supply, as the region is now overly reliant on a single water treatment plant in Sungai Selangor. Additionally, he emphasised that the region’s lack of water reserve margin has left it susceptible to supply outages.

“The Langat 2 facility is critical for ensuring the Klang Valley’s uninterrupted water supply, as we are now unduly reliant on a single water treatment plant in Sungai Selangor.

“In addition, the facility will maintain a water reserve margin to mitigate the impact of any future supply problems.”

He further said that if the Langat 2 plant was completed on time, it would have been able to provide an uninterrupted supply of water to approximately five million people in the Klang Valley.

Additionally, he stated that smaller residential areas would be disproportionately impacted by the lack of reserve reservoirs.

“We also have to consider older settlements that were developed prior to all of these new regulatory criteria for a service reservoir.

“They are fully at the mercy of the (main) pipe, which means if you go to a kampung area or some urban area, they don’t have a service reservoir,” said Piarapakaran.

Meanwhile, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the repair and maintenance work by Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd is running smoothly, ahead of the original schedule.

“As of 3pm, it has reached the level of 76.4%, ahead of the original schedule of 65%,” Amirudin said on his Twitter account.

MCA Selangor liaison committee secretary Datuk Leong Kok Wee said it is unacceptable for the state to keep having regular water disruptions, especially as economic activities are restarting.

“Industries which are heavily dependent on water will be terribly hit. Particularly, factories in the manufacturing and production sectors, eateries, hair-dressing salons, laundry shops, shoplot clinics or dental practices will have to either scale down or shut completely, thereby incurring financial losses,” Leong said in a statement.