THE National Water Services Commission Malaysia (Span) yesterday cut off an illegal water supply to a construction site in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
The action was taken by its enforcement team in a raid following a complaint by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) of suspected water theft.
Span found that a pipe was connected to Syabas’s main supply line for construction workers to draw water in Jalan Rasa Sayang.
“In the raid, Span found a 32mm poly-type pipe linked to Syabas’s main 100mm supply line.
“It is believed that the makeshift connection was used to illegally supply water to workers’ living quarters.
“After testing the chlorine content, it is confirmed that it is treated water.”
Span said the case would be investigated under Section 123 (1) of the Water Services Industry Act 2006. The act states that no one, other than the licensee, can make any extension from public water pipes.
Span said the offender could be fined up to RM100,000 or imprisoned for up to one year or both, if convicted.
It said there were two accounts on the premises.
“The first account is active and the other was terminated on Jan 18 last year.”
Span said it hoped enforcement would deter people from stealing treated water and making an illegal pipe connection to public water services facility.
Span said people could report water theft to its enforcement department at 03-83179333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org