Damaged pump reason for water woes
Published on: Saturday, August 10, 2019
By: Sidney Skinner

Damage to a water pump servicing one part of Telipok left those staying at some apartments without a supply for almost a week recently.

A Water Department spokesman said power irregularities had caused the control-panel for the device to burn out.

“Our staff noticed that the electricity sometimes changed from a three-phase to a two-phase supply,” he said.

“Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd was made aware of these observations and the firm promptly addressed this problem.”

He said one of the Department’s contractors had since repaired the pump.

“Once the device was reactivated, tap water was restored to the affected consumers in stages.”

KARIM of Telipok said he returned home from work on a recent Monday night to find that the taps in his fifth floor unit had run dry.

“I contacted the MC the next morning, when there was still no water,” he said.

He said this was not the first time that he had experienced water problems.

“For the past few months, the supply to my apartment comes and goes. Water is only available for a few hours each time.

“One of my neighbours reported this problem to the management company (MC) but the situation has yet to improve.” 

At the time that he contacted Hotline, Karim said the taps in his unit had run dry for three days.

“Me and my family have been going over to a relative’s place in Penampang to bathe.

“Since Monday, we have been eating out and depending on bottled water at home.” 

Hotline provided the MC and Water Department with the date of the recent disruption.

A spokesman for the former said the company’s staff were swamped with calls from irate apartment dwellers.

“The management did not receive any prior notice about the lack of supply to the property,” he said.

“Our personnel repeatedly contacted the Department to find out what was going on.”

“The agency’s staff could only tell us that they were in the midst of trying to solve these water woes.

“At one point, a senior officer informed us that the low water pressure was to blame for our problems.”  (SS)



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