It's not been easy for those staying in Selangor.
Not only do they have to deal with the restrictions due to the conditional movement control order (CMCO), they had to also deal with the annoying water supply disruptions.
For the latter, the state government is trying to make it up to the people of Selangor.
Focusing more on prevention
The New Straits Times
reported that the state government is mulling over giving rebates to those affected by the unscheduled water cuts.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari told the daily that the state government will have to fork out RM4 million to give a rebate of RM2 to each affected consumer.
"We are discussing the matter (of giving rebates) and that would be decided later," he was quoted as saying.
However, the water rebate is just a short-term solution, Amiruddin said, as the authorities are focuing more on prevention rather than cure.
"It is better to spend more to prevent the recurrence of water pollution than leaving the matter to fate, and giving rebates whenever pollution occurs," Amirudin said.
Amiruddin added that the state government has done a good job in preventing water disruption, as they were no disturbances from April to September due to their "24-hour monitoring".
"But lately it has happened too often. Hence, we will add more officers and beef up monitoring," he was further quoted as saying.
The water disruption situation in Selangor has gotten out of control these past couple of months, as residents had to suffer through two major water cuts in a span of one month.
On 3 September, a total of 1.2 million consumers in 1,292 areas in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat experienced water supply disruption due to raw water pollution in Sungai Selangor.
Then, on Monday (19 October), Syarikat Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) was forced to shut down four of its water treatment plants after their water sources were polluted, affecting 1,196,457 account holders in 1,292 areas.
Let's just hope that the Selangor state government can figure out what's going on soon.