Shutdown behind Luyang, Penampang dry taps
Published on: Saturday, November 30, 2019
By: Sidney Skinner
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A view of the Moyog water treatment plant which was temporarily shut down for maintenance work recently.
Maintenance work carried out at the Moyog Treatment Plant is to blame for the water woes which many consumers in one of Luyang and Penampang experienced recently.

A Water Department spokesman explained that the pipes which channelled the raw water to the plant were flushed.

“Some of the machines at the facility were also cleaned at the same time,” he said.

He said operations at the plant were temporarily shutdown from 8am on November 26 to accommodate this work

The spokesman said production resumed at 8pm that same day, with the affected consumers regaining their supplies in stages once sufficient pressure had built up in the distribution pipes.

“Prior notice was given to the public of this work via advertisements carried in local newspapers.” 

On complaints from some consumers who were still without tap water a day after the shutdown, the spokesman said it would take some time for their supply to be restored as they were located towards the end of the distribution line.

“If their water problems persist for a second day, they should liaise with the Department.

“Our staff will check the water mains and meters servicing their premises to ensure that there are no blockages.”

ANNA of Penampang bemoaned the water woes she had been experiencing.

“I found that the taps in my home were dry when I returned from work on Tuesday,” she said.

By the next morning, when she contacted Hotline, her supply still not been restored.

She said it would be difficult to carry out any chores around the house, let alone take a shower, if this problem persisted.

JOHNNY who runs a fruit shop in Luyang, also found that he was without tap water in his unit when he opened on a Wednesday.

“I wonder if this was caused by a scheduled shutdown. I did not see any mention of one in the local newspapers,” he said. 

“It is difficult to run my business when there is no tap water in my shop.” (SS)



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