CAP: Make management bodies
responsible for tanks
14/01/2008 The Star
CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris said this is because there was no law in
Malaysia that compelled management bodies of high-rise buildings to be
responsible for the maintenance of the internal water supply from the meter
to the tap.
“Water storage tanks in these buildings may not have been inspected for
years. There is thus a high risk for bacterial and chemical contamination in
such tanks, posing a health risk to consumers,” he said.
Mohamed Idris said it was high time the Water Services Industry Act was
amended to make the management bodies responsible for the maintenance of
water storage tanks in their respective premises.
“Only licensed water service operators should carry out tank maintenance and
cleaning jobs,” he told a press conference recently.
He said Singapore had imposed strict regulations under its public utilities
regulations to ensure clean water supply for consumers.
“In Singapore, building owners, management corporations and town councils
are legally compelled to engage licensed plumbers to inspect water storage
tanks once a year.
“When the need arises, the tanks are cleaned and disinfected,” said Mohamed
Idris adding that Malaysia should follow Singapore's example.
CAP will be submitting reports to Health Ministry, local government agencies
and the National Water Service Commission to highlight the matter, he said.