Water relief in Selangor
> Supply being restored after shutdown of treatment plant
PETALING JAYA: Water supply in areas affected by the shutting down of the Sungai Semenyih treatment plant on Sept 22 is being restored in stages.
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) in a statement yesterday said water tankers will continue to be dispatched to affected areas until normal supply resumes.
The Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant was forced to shut down several times due to contamination in the raw water – on Sept 22 at 5.30pm, Sept 23 at 1.30pm and Sept 24 at 9.15 am.
Syabas added that the equipment replacement works to improve the water distribution system in Petaling and Kuala Lumpur, which was scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday, have been postponed until further notice.
As such, water supply to the areas, which were listed in the water interruption announcement earlier, will not be experiencing any water supply interruption.
Meanwhile, the Selangor state government has yet to be notified on the source of pollution that led to the shutting down of the treatment plant.
State executive councillor for Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs, Elizabeth Wong, said investigations were still in progress.
“However, initial test results of the raw water samples revealed no hazardous substances, such as sulphide, formaldehyde, selenium, anionic detergent, cyanide and mineral oil.
“More tests are being conducted at the moment to ensure the safety of the treated water and to assist in the identification of the pollutant that caused a foul odour in the raw water,” she said in a statement.
Wong added that a river surveillance team from Syabas and Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS), together with the Department of Environment, will work around the clock until the source of the pollution is identified.
“We will take stern action against the culprits behind the contamination. We are not ruling out the possibility of sabotage,” said Wong.
Consumers can get the latest updates and details of the affected areas via the “mySYABAS” smart phone application and www.syabas.com.my