KUALA LUMPUR: The daily routine of residents in parts of the Klang Valley has been significantly disrupted, many have had to take time off to refuel with the prolonged and unforeseen water cutoff.
A check on Jalan Setiawangsa here saw it was crowded with residents parking their vehicles along the dual carriageway to fetch water from the public pipes which also served neighbor Taman Keramat.
Residents have been flocking here since Thursday night armed with water cans since being caught off guard by the water cut.
Mazlan Mat Hussain, 44, said he had to take time off work to fill up with water for his family.
“My wife is unable to cook, do laundry and do the dishes,” the 44-year-old employee said yesterday, adding that her three children must have missed school.
Mazlan, who lives on the fourth floor of an apartment in Taman Keramat, said he had to go to the pipes frequently to store enough water.
Othman Jamaluddin, 53, who operates his own travel agency, said he had to shut down the business for the day.
“I have to go out and buy some food because my wife is unable to cook,” said the Setiawangsa resident.
“I’m supposed to be at the mosque today doing the Friday prayers, but instead I was standing in line for water. Because of the action of an irresponsible polluter, consumers have to bear the consequences, ”he said.
Official Azizul Hassan, 52, said many are considering a trip to balik kampung to wait for the disruption to end.
“I hope this situation will not be prolonged as it would upset many, especially those with young children,” he said.
Like Othman, Azizul said he would also buy food outside.
“When I went to the wet market this morning, there weren’t a lot of hawkers because there was no water,” he said.
Businesses have also been hit hard.
The owner of Choy Kee restaurant in Damansara Jaya said he could only provide take-out and serve a simple breakfast to customers due to limited water supplies.
“Other stalls could not open due to the water cut,” said Wong Lai Khoon, 55.
Meng Kee pan mee’s booth owner Shirley Wong, 59, said that despite several reservoirs of stored water, it could only last two days.
“If the water doesn’t pick up, we won’t be able to open the next day.
“We had stored filtered water for daily operations after frequent water interruptions two years ago, but this interruption hit us hard,” she told The Star from her booth in Taman Kok Lian. , in Kuala Lumpur.
A roadside hawker who only wanted to be known as Hasnah, 54, said she had to shut down earlier than usual.
“I was able to cook food with the water from the day before. But if the cut persists, then I won’t be able to do business tomorrow, ”she said.
Another trader who only wanted to be known as Norshahizan, 60, said she had to cancel some orders.
“I will not be able to cook without water. I had to educate my clients and they were understanding, ”she said.
She added that she would buy bottled water from the supermarket for use.
“I am concerned about gathering in public pipes in the midst of the pandemic,” Norshahizan said.