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Slow sales of storage containers despite water rationing

The Star/ANN | Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

No demand: Ong stacking containers for display outside the shop in USJ 2, Subang Jaya, where he works.

PETALING JAYA - Despite concerns over the possibility of water rationing, there appears to be no rush for water containers this time around.

A check at household utilities and hardware shops in Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya Old Town and Klang seemed to show that most consumers were already equipped with the necessary items.

Household utility shop owner Sally Liew said she had lined up water containers, barrels and pails at the front of her shop in Petaling Jaya Old Town in anticipation of a surge in sales.

"But so far, there is none," she said.

Gary Tan, a shop owner nearby, said many had already stocked up after the last rationing exercise early this year.

"Earlier this year, we had customers who bought eight to 10 34-gallon water barrels at one go," he said.

Peter Ong, 24, who works at a shop in USJ 2, Subang Jaya, said sales were nothing like the 100-odd water containers sold daily during the water rationing exercise earlier this year.

"The demand was so high during that time that our supplier had to queue up early in the morning with other suppliers to get the containers from the factory," he said.

Checks with shop owners in Klang showed a similar situation.

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