Taps run dry due to unpaid
19/03/2009 The Star By Tho Xin Yi
OUTSTANDING water bills amounting to RM52,865.52 as of yesterday led to the
disconnection of water supply at the Subang Permai Apartment in USJ 1.
The residents in the 260 units in the apartment found out that water stopped
flowing through their pipes since about 11am on Tuesday.
A resident collecting water from the tap at the guard house.
Some were seen collecting water from a tap near the guard house on Wednesday
Joint Management Body (JMB) chairman Joyce Lee said they do not have
sufficient funds to settle the bills.
“When the JMB was formed last May, there was no collection from the
residents in the first few months as we were still working out the details.
It was then that the water bills accumulated,” she said.
The JMB has been paying the bills since July in installments upon an
agreement with Syabas.
“We cannot afford to settle the full amount but we make sure that we pay a
certain amount each month.
“The collection from the residents is always slightly below what we expect
because not everyone pays,” Lee said.
According to her, major underground water leakage also contributed to the
amount of the water bills.
“We found out that water meter readings did not tally with that on the
bills. We checked and found at least five burst pipes.
“Clear water was gushing out into the drains and we quickly employed
plumbers to fix the problem,” Lee said.
Besides the repair works, the JMB also forked out money from the account to
replace faulty water meters for about 40 units.
“It cost us RM112 to replace one meter - RM92 for the meter and RM20 for the
installation,” Lee said.
As a result of the water cut, some residents promptly settled their bills
with the management yesterday morning.
The JMB has also reached an agreement with the residents to remove their
water meters if they had not paid their water bills for more than three
“Those who are owing less than three months will be given two more weeks to
pay up,” Lee said.
The JMB also paid another RM10,000 to Syabas yesterday, hoping that the
water supply would be reconnected.
“As per our earlier conversation, a Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas)
officer demanded at least RM20,000 which we cannot afford. It is very
inconsiderate of them as we are making an effort to pay up.
“I am very disappointed with their attitude - they didn’t bother to inform
us when they cut off the supply on Tuesday even though our guards asked them
to see us first at our management office,” Lee said.
Syabas corporate communications and public affairs general manager Abdul
Halem Mat Som said Syabas would reconnect the water supply depending on the
amount of money paid by the JMB to settle the outstanding amount.
“If the Syabas district office agrees to the amount, we will reconnect the
water supply. The JMB would then have to pay the balance in installments in
addition to the monthly bill,” he said.
Syabas has placed a water tank at the apartment carpark to supply water to
Condominium, Apartments and Highrise Committee member Peter Chong has
promised to help the group by asking Syabas to reconnect the water supply.
It is learnt that Syabas agreed to reconnect the water supply yesterday