Wa­ter re­lief in Se­lan­gor

> Sup­ply be­ing re­stored af­ter shut­down of treat­ment plant

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ADRIAN PHUNG

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

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