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Fire at Johor's Semangar water treatment plant causes disruptions to more than 100 areas around JB and Kulai

Fire at Johor's Semangar water treatment plant causes disruptions to more than 100 areas around JB and Kulai

A fire at a water treatment facility in Johor has led to water supply disruptions in many areas across the state. (Photo: Facebook/Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia Negeri Johor)

JOHOR BAHRU: Residents in more than 100 areas around Johor Bahru and Kulai districts have been hit with disruptions to their water supply following a fire at Semangar water treatment plant in Kota Tinggi on Tuesday (Oct 12).

In a Facebook post, Ranhill SAJ, the utility company that runs the plant said that the fire which took place around 2pm damaged the plant's two transformer units causing its shutdown.  

The company added that it was working with the relevant parties to “overcome the problem” and warned that residents living in areas such as Senai, Kulai, Kempas and Austin, could  expect disruptions to their water supplies. 

In an update at 12.20am, Ranhill SAJ listed more than 100 areas which were affected by water supply disruptions, encompassing the Johor Bahru and Kulai districts. 

These locations included residential and industrial areas. 

On Wednesday, Ranhill SAJ said water supply in areas within the Kulai district as well as around Gelang Patah could be expected to have “recovered fully”. 

It added that information on the remaining areas will be updated “from time to time”. 

The Kota Tinggi fire department, which responded to an emergency call around 2.57pm, had confirmed that two transformer units at the Semangar water treatment plant were on fire. 

The fire was extinguished on Tuesday afternoon, the fire department said. (Photo: Facebook/ Balai Bomba & Penyelamat Kota Tinggi)

A team of 12 firemen sent to the scene managed to put the fire under control two hours later.    

“There were traces of black soot filling the canister space of the substation. The fire did not involve any casualties,” the fire department said. 

Netizens, some of whom said they were experiencing water supply disruptions, commented on Ranhill SAJ Facebook posts, expressing concern on when the issue will be resolved. 

Facebook user Rashid Yusof wrote: “What’s the estimate for how long more (before water supply will be restored)? Is there no backup plan for such breakdown incidents? 

Netizen Nurhidayue AaLyia wrote: “I live in Ulu Tiram, and I don’t have any water supply as well ... Suddenly the supply was cut off.” 

In its Facebook posts on Wednesday. Ranhill SAJ called for patience while they worked to restore water supply. 

Any inconvenience is greatly regretted and your patience is greatly appreciated,” it said.

Source: CNA/am

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