Air pipes

Old water pipes will be replaced in three sections of PJ starting this week

WORK to replace aging water pipes with ductile iron pipes in Sections 12, 16 and 17 at Petaling Jaya will begin this week.

The project will start simultaneously on a 0.5 km stretch along Jalan 12 / 16A and 1.2 km from Jalan Tuanku Salahuddin Syah 16/9, while works along a 1.2 km stretch of Jalan 17/1 to Jalan 17/22 are scheduled to start in November. .

The project, known as Package 38 of Air Selangor’s old pipelines replacement program, is part of the plan to replace old pipelines, especially asbestos cement.

MBPJ Zone 10 (Sections 16 and 17) Advisor Medaline Chang, at a press briefing, said pipeline replacement started in 2016 and Package 38 will cover Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya areas. .

“We often hear about pipe leaks and bursts in Petaling Jaya, as some are 60 years old,” she said.

The transition from the old pipes to the new ones is expected to be completed by July of next year.

Bukit Gasing congressman Rajiv Rishyakaran said many of the old pipes only have a lifespan of around 25 years.

The new type of ductile iron will not only have a larger diameter, but will also have a longer service life, between 50 and 100 years.

“Most of the pipes in sections 5 and 17 were replaced earlier, followed by sections 1 and 2,” Rajiv said.

He added that the Pipeline Replacement Program Package 38 would cover most of the burst pipeline hot spots in Bukit Gasing constituency, which would lead to the reduction of such incidents, including leaks and wasted water.

Rajiv added that notices will be given to affected residents five days before the contractors carry out the work.

“The works will start in the morning. The goal is to plug the holes dug by the evening.

“The goal is not to leave any hole exposed overnight,” he said, adding that residents and road users would not have to put up with the ongoing work for weeks on end.

“While the new pipes are installed, the old ones will continue to operate and there will be no disruption to the water supply.

“Water disruption will be minimal and only when the supply goes through old pipes. “

Air Selangor’s Planning and Capital Works Department Deputy Vice-President II Haslina Mohd Yahya said that after the pressure tests on the new pipes were completed, the transition would take about six hours before the water supply is not fully restored.

“Throughout the period, the roads will be temporarily repaired. Once the upgrade is complete, all sections will be redone from sidewalk to sidewalk, ”she said.