590,000 Penangites To Face Water Supply Cut Next Month

590,000 Penangites To Face Water Supply Cut Next Month

590,000 Penangites will have to prepare for a four-day water supply disruption next month. This is due to two major valve replacement works scheduled by the Penang state government.

The water supply disruption will happen from the 10th of January to 14th of January, next year. The two major valve replacements will be one of three planned major infrastructure works in Penang for the next 30 years.

Four days scheduled water cut

According to a press release from Penang’s State Infrastructure Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari, the four-day scheduled interruption is necessary to ensure continuous good water supply.

“Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) apologises for all the inconveniences that will be caused. However, this four day scheduled water supply disruption is necessary to facilitate urgent water works at the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant (WTP) that will be coordinated with repair and maintenance works at other locations throughout the state of penang,” said Zairil.

In the press release, it is stated that the two leaking valves are causing significant water loss daily.

The press release also informed that the two major works to be done during the water supply disruption will be;

  • Replacement of a 1200mm valve in a major treated water pipeline within the WTP that is leaking, and;
  • Replacement of another 1200mm valve in a major  treated water pipeline within the WTP that is also leaking.

Ancillary works to be carried out at 22 locations

The press release also informed the public on other ancillary works will also be done in 22 separate locations during the water supply disruption period.

New Straits Times also reported that Zairil explained that some of the parts that are scheduled to be replaced haven’t been replaced for a very long time.

“These are major maintenance operations which need to be carried out. Some of these parts have not been replaced for 50 years and need immediate replacement.

“They were supposed to have been replaced one to two years back but we could not find the right time to do so.

“We have no choice but to do it now and we are giving one-month notice to the people to make the necessary preparations,” said Zairil.

If you need to check whether your address is affected by the water disrupted, refer to the list published on the PBAPP website.

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