Into cause of wa­ter pol­lu­tion

> Find­ings to be sent to AG’s Cham­bers: State exco

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY SONG BOON MUN AND G. SURACH

PETALING JAYA: The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment (DOE) and Se­lan­gor Wa­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (Luas) have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­per on the Se­menyih wa­ter treat­ment plant pol­lu­tion.

When con­tacted by the­Sun, Tourism, En­vi­ron­ment, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Con­sumer Af­fairs state exco El­iz­a­beth Wong said once in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been com­pleted, the find­ings will be sent to the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Cham­bers.

She said the case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 25 of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity Act 1974 which pro­vides for a max­i­mum fine of RM100,000 and or a fiveyear prison term.

The Se­menyih wa­ter treat­ment plant was shut down due to odour pol­lu­tion on Mon­day.

This is the fourth time the plant has been shut down for sim­i­lar rea­sons in the last two weeks.

The pre­vi­ous shut­downs oc­curred on Sept 22, 23 and 24.

The DOE and Ka­jang Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil have shut down the busi­ness iden­ti­fied as the source of the pol­lu­tion for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Mean­while, Air Se­lan­gor Group said the treat­ment plant re­sumed its op­er­a­tions at 11pm the same night.

In a state­ment, its head of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions Amin Lin Ab­dul­lah said wa­ter sup­ply to the ser­vice reser­voirs in Petaling, Hulu Lan­gat, Sepang and Kuala Lan­gat dis­tricts will be done in stages begin­ning from yes­ter­day up to Oct 11.

“As part of the ef­forts to en­sure that wa­ter sup­ply is dis­trib­uted more ef­fi­ciently dur­ing the restora­tion pe­riod as well as min­imise the du­ra­tion of wa­ter in­ter­rup­tions to con­sumers, wa­ter will be supplied based on a sched­ule to af­fected ar­eas.

“Dur­ing that pe­riod wa­ter will be supplied to zones, which are sched­uled to re­ceive wa­ter sup­ply at 4pm.

Amin added emer­gency wa­ter sup­ply by tankers will be sent to ar­eas ex­pe­ri­enc­ing wa­ter in­ter­rup­tion due to low wa­ter level in the ser­vice reser­voirs.

“Static wa­ter tanks will be placed at crit­i­cal premises, which re­quire con­tin­u­ous wa­ter sup­ply. As such users are ad­vised to use wa­ter spar­ingly dur­ing the wa­ter restora­tion pe­riod,” he said.

In ad­di­tion, Air Se­lan­gor’s sub­sidiary Syarikat Bekalan Air Se­lan­gor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) thanked other state wa­ter op­er­a­tors for of­fer­ing their tankers to fa­cil­i­tate the de­liv­ery of re­lief wa­ter sup­ply to con­sumers.

Con­sumers are urged to get the sta­tus up­dates via “mySYABAS” smart phone ap­pli­ca­tion and at www.syabas.com.my and to re­quest for re­lief wa­ter sup­ply by send­ing their ad­dresses by SMS to 15300.

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