Is the Klang Valley going to be hit by a 4-day water cut for a major pipe upgrade in October 2023?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : 4-Day Water Cut For 2023 Klang Valley Pipe Upgrade!
People are sharing a TikTok video together with this warning about a 4-day water cut for the entire Klang Valley in October 2023:
Pls save enough water from 13 to 16-Oct-2023 as Klang valley pipe water upgrade exercise
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Truth : 4-Day Water Cut Is For 2021 Klang Valley Pipe Upgrade!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are reasons why…
Fact #1 : Video Is Genuine But Old
First, let me just confirm that the video is genuine, and was posted by the @SelangorTV channel on TikTok. However, it is an old video from 2021, and has nothing to do with any water cut or pipe upgrade exercise in 2023.
Fact #2 : Air Selangor Did Not Announce Major Water Cuts
There are always minor water cuts to fix broken pipes and other localised issues, which you can check on the Air Selangor app.
For major water cuts that affect entire states or regions, Air Selangor will issue press releases, and make public announcements. However, there has been no such announcements in September 2023.
Fact #3 : Video Referred To 2021 Water Cut
If you look carefully at 00:54 of the video clip, there is a single frame that shows the date of the 4-day water cut – 9 AM on 13 October 2021.
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Fact #4 : 4-Day Water Cut Happened In October 2021
The 4-day water cut for the entire Klang Valley was a momentous event caused considerable hardship for many people, and businesses. However, it occurred almost two years ago.
On 1 October 2021, Air Selangor announced a 4-day water cut from 13-16 October 2021, to allow it to complete critical upgrading and maintenance works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant (SSP1 WTP).
Here was the original Air Selangor press release announcing the commencement of the 4-day water cut:
Scheduled Upgrading and Maintenance Works for Air Selangor’s Critical Asset in Sungai Selangor Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant (SSP1 WTP) Commence
Kuala Lumpur – Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) would like to inform that the upgrading and maintenance works for critical assets in Sungai Selangor Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant (SSP1 WTP) has commenced at 9:00 am today according to schedule as announced on 1 October 2021.
The maintenance works for the critical assets are expected to be completed at 11:00 pm, 13 October 2021. Water supply will be distributed in stages starting from 5:00 pm, 14 October 2021 once the water supply system has been stabilised. The duration of the water supply disruption and recovery in the affected areas will vary depending on the distance of the consumers’ premises and the water pressure at the distribution system. Water supply is expected to be fully restored at 9:00 pm, 16 October 2021.
A complete list of the affected areas, Public Water Taps, and Commercial Water Filling Stations is as listed in Appendix A and can also be obtained at hentitugas.airselangor.com.
Air Selangor will be mobilising alternative water supply to critical premises such as hospitals, dialysis centres, COVID-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) and Vaccination Centres (PPV) as well as for funerals.
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