Semenyih plant shuts down again
> Odour pollution recurs at river, culprit identified, says Air Selangor
PETALING JAYA: The Semenyih water treatment plant was shut down due to odour pollution yesterday.
Air Selangor Group head of corporate communications Amin Lin Abdullah said the pollution at the Semenyih river recurred at 11am on Monday.
He said due to this, a few areas in Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat, Petaling Jaya and Sepang would experience water disruption.
This is the fourth time the plant has been shut down for similar reasons in the last two weeks.
The first three shutdowns occurred on Sept 22, 23 and 24.
“We have identified the source of pollution from a business premises located at Batu 22 1/4, Jalan Sg Lalang, Semenyih.
“The Department of Environment (DOE), Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) and the Kajang Municipal Council (MPK) are taking the necessary action against the business operator,” he said in a statement.
He said water supply would be restored in stages as soon as the water treatment plant resumes operations.
Amin said relief water supply would be sent by tankers to the affected areas.
Consumers are urged to get status updates via the “mySYABAS” smartphone application and at www.syabas.com.my and to request for relief water supply by sending their address by SMS to 15300.
Meanwhile, state exco for Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Elizabeth Wong said MPK and DOE have shut down the business operator for further investigations.
“The case has been referred to the DOE for further action under Section 25 of the Environmental Quality Act 1974,” she said in a statement.
Earlier yesterday, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali visited the factory with personnel from MPK, LUAS and Air Selangor.
Azmin also took the DOE to task for not sending its personnel to the site to collect samples of the pollution on Monday night.
In statement issued yesterday, Azmin said as a long-term measure, the state government would appoint a river monitoring task force to be placed at several locations in the state.
Above: Toxic chemicals that are believed to have polluted the river.
LUAS personnel collecting water samples for testing.
Anita with her bike at the podium.