GEORGE TOWN, Sept 20 – Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) had to shut down a major 900mm water pipeline to facilitate emergency repair works. This pipeline is one of three that deliver water from Bukit Dumbar to the southern areas of Penang Island. As such, the shutdown affected supply to these areas.
PBAPP’s CEO Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said PBAPP detected a leak on this key pipeline about 9am on Monday at a river crossing Medan Pantai Jerejak near Sungai Dua Besar stream. After isolating the pipeline, he said PBAPP personnel and contractors had to build a coffer dam quickly to isolate the repair site.
“We were ready to proceed with the repairs at 9.45pm last night but due to inclement weather, high river waters and high tides we were delayed by 10 hours. Draining the worksite to gain access to the leaking section of the pipeline was an overnight challenge,” Jaseni said.
“When the site was finally drained at 7.45am today, an emergency crew that had been on stand-by all night commenced welding works to re-seal the leaking section of the pipeline. On-site work is being finalised as we speak. Water supply to all areas should resume from 2.00pm today,” he said.
In additional, he also said that there were an emergency team was working all night to re-seal the leaking section of the pipeline which supplies water from Bukit Dumbar to southern areas of the island. Some 80,000 residents were temporarily affected by the shutdown of water supply.