‘Hu­man waste may con­tam­i­nate Tasik Kenyir’

New Straits Times - - News / Nation -

HULU TERENG­GANU: With more peo­ple vis­it­ing Tasik Kenyir and stay­ing overnight on house­boats, author­i­ties are con­cerned that the dis­charge of hu­man waste di­rectly into the lake will dam­age the ecosys­tem, es­pe­cially the wa­ter qual­ity of the lake.

The lake, which is as big as Sin­ga­pore, could end up be­com­ing the coun­try’s big­gest man-made sewer, and in­stead of at­tract­ing vis­i­tors, it could dis­cour­age them from spend­ing time there, touted now as a par­adise for ad­ven­tur­ers and an­glers.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the po­ten­tial prob­lem, the Cen­tral Tereng­ganu Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Keten­gah) has, in stages, re­designed and in­stalled hold­ing tanks in house­boats.

There are 73 li­censed house­boats op­er­at­ing in Tasik Kenyir whose own­ers have been in­structed by Keten­gah to in­stall hold­ing tanks with the ca­pac­ity to col­lect 200 litres of hu­man waste each.

Keten­gah gen­eral man­ager Omar Is­mail said: “The waste will be dumped into an eco-barge, which is a huge hold­ing tank with a ca­pac­ity to store 16,800 litres of hu­man waste, an­chored at Pengkalan Gawi.

“It will act as a col­lec­tion point be­fore it is trans­ferred to In­dah Wa­ter Con­sor­tium mo­bile tankers on the main­land.”

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