Into cause of water pollution
> Findings to be sent to AG’s Chambers: State exco
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.