Residents buying containers to store water, even those in non-affected areas

The Star, 3 Mar 2014

MORE than two million people in seven districts are coping with water rationing, but even those not affected are taking preventive measures.

Koay Kong Hoe, 82, a retired electrician from Bayu Perdana, Klang said, “We started keeping large containers of water ever since they first announced water rationing. We bought two big plastic containers.”

As there are only three people living in his apartment, they do not have to use a lot of water.

“But the situation is still worrying and we have been trying to conserve more water,” said Koay.

His wife Lim Ah Pan, 77, said it was even more troublesome as they were living on the third floor.

“Carrying water for washing and cleaning will be a problem for us,” she added.

Society of Families of Persons with Learning Difficulties (Perkobp) executive secretary Chng Cheng Hui said they have started storing water at their training centre in Bandar Kinrara 1, Puchong.

“We stored water in a few big pots and several pails and containers.

“However, due to limited space, we cannot store more,” said Chng.

A Taman Connaught, Cheras resident, who only wanted to be known as Madam Yong, said she had stored water in two large water containers that she bought during the 1998 water crisis.

“I store filtered water for drinking separately.

“It is important to conserve water during this time,” the 64-year-old housewife said.

She shared that water from the washing machine can be re-used for cleaning.

“My mother-in-law uses water from the last spin for cleaning the floor as it is usually quite clean.

“You can use the water from washing rice to water the plants or soak dirty dishes,” she said.