For the past 2 weeks and more, the piped water in my house have been low on pressure. No, there's nothing wrong with the supply, just that we've turned the tap at the main near to the minimum due to some backflow from the water filter we use. After failing to get in touch with the servicing agent to change or wash the filter, I finally found one on a website. And earlier this afternoon, a technician came over to clean the filter...it was filthy brownish-red!
Anyone reading the above might well ask "Why the hell can't he be doing the cleaning himself?" Good point, actually. Problem is, the water filter we use is locked in a metal cylinder, and the key looks very much like a tennis racquet. Then, once the casing is taken off and the sponge filter removed, one would need to use a jet-hose to wash off the dirt. Both apparatus, I do not have and don't think I will in this near future. After purchasing the filter for RM2,400 some 4 years ago, it comes with a 3year maintenance agreement where the agent would provide cleaning service every 6 months at RM50 per visit. I think its a fair deal and do not want to change it. Besides, a handyman I am not, unless in absolute emergency.
Looking at the dirt running off the filter during the cleaning process, makes me wonder how other houses, those not using any, cope with the dirty water. Makes one wonder too, who should we be responsible for the condition of the supply. There were talks about the setting up of a Water Supply Commission (SPAN) quite similar to those for electricity, and communications. Personally, I think for a country of our size, we have far too many Commissions already, each supposedly for a specific industry, but nothing concrete coming out of it in the end. Supposedly, its all in the name of Self-Regulatory.
I ask myself time and again 'If Singapore can provide good clean water which comes from our soil, why can't our authorities do so?' And if water is really becoming scarce now, why don't the government invest in double piping system where water meant for industrial use (cooling, cleaning and maintenance) use recycle water? After all, we already have a company who is supposedly treating used water. Now, instead of throwing the treated used water back to the drains, they should just pipe it for industrial use. I believe several countries are already doing this, namely Singapore.
Shoot! When I began writing this entry, I thought I would not be critical on such matters. For the past few months, I find myself drifting towards issues and matters which I loathe to write about. After reading Raden Galoh, I realised I must have taken a wrong turning somewhere and decide to track back. Don't get me wrong though, for I will still be politically active elsewhere. Speaking of which...
Yesterday, I braved myself to reopen all my working email boxes and had a small shock when one, had more than 23,000 emails! Hullo! I know I only have myself to blame for leaving them unattended for a while. But then, I was like going insane already handling so many news and groups! Or perhaps, I already am. Nah. Then again, denial syndrome is a sign for an ailment! Alamak! Oklah, I am insane. But when I look out my window, the world is already an asylum. Well, at least, Malaysia is. Oops! OK, filtering begins.
ps. This was Cikgu's song, and now its mine.