High-rise consumers getting
13/01/2008 Sunday Star By Nik Khusairi Ibrahim
PENANG: Residents in high-rise buildings could be consuming water that may
be potentially hazardous to their health because of a loophole in the water
supply law, according to Consumers Association of Penang (CAP).
CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris said 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.
He 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 be hired to carry out tank
maintenance and cleaning jobs,” he told a press conference recently.
He said Singapore had imposed strict regulations under its Public Utilities
(Water Supply) Regulations and Singapore Standard CP48: Code of Practice for
Water Services 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 at least once a year.
“When the need arises, the tanks are cleaned and disinfected,” he said.
He said Malaysia should emulate the example set by Singapore.
CAP would submit reports to Health Ministry, local government agencies and
the National Water Service Commission (SPAN) to highlight the matter, he