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Residents of Taman Setia Balakong collect water from a water tanker in Balakong, outside Kuala Lumpur, February 24, 2014.  — Reuters pic Residents of Taman Setia Balakong collect water from a water tanker in Balakong, outside Kuala Lumpur, February 24, 2014. — Reuters pic KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Water rationing implemented since last Sunday has forced many companies to resort to more costly methods to meet orders and deadlines.

The companies in the Klang Valley are stocking as much water as they can to avoid interruptions to their operations. 

Lok Kee Boong Qemicals Sdn Bhd, a chemical lab in Shah Alam Seksyen 28, is preparing for the worst, said one of its research supervisors, Raymond Ambungan.

“We use on average1,500 to 2,000 litres of water daily and that is why we have purchased five static 8,000 litre tanks to ensure our work continues,” he said.

“All our current water source is purchased from Syabas (Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd) to minimise cost. A logistics company was contracted to transport the water twice daily.”

Monica Loh, of Triage Health Supplies Sdn Bhd in Segambut, said they were also making similar preparations. 

“Water is being accumulated daily to ensure our 50,000-litre water tower is full and can support our daily required workload,” she said.

“All measures are taken to ensure we have adequate water and our bottom line is not compromised.”

Amplefood Frozen Foods Sdn Bhd manager Tian Zhe Hee said the company in Shah Alam Seksyen 27 was more worried about the cost incurred because of the rationing.

“We use our own delivery trucks to get water from Syabas filling stations. No amount is spared as we are stocking water as much as we can to ensure food production does not halt,” he said.

However, he said the measure was only beneficial for the short-term.

“If it drags on, it might cost us in the long run as we are forced to delay delivery to our clients because of a lack of trucks,” he said.

A plywood manufacturing company in Segambut has opted for a more drastic measure to hoard water.

“We are closing for three working days from Wednesday (tomorrow) to accumulate as much water as we can. With water trucks delivering thrice daily since Sunday, we are ensuring we have enough water to meet our orders by month-end,” its manager, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

“All that matters is we have over an excess of 10,000 litres weekly to function properly.”

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