Se­lan­gor recorded 16 wa­ter pol­lu­tion cases

> Sources of con­tam­i­na­tion iden­ti­fied, ac­tion taken, state assem­bly told


SHAH ALAM: Se­lan­gor’s wa­ter sup­ply has been con­tam­i­nated 16 times so far this year.

Speak­ing at the Se­lan­gor state assem­bly yes­ter­day, state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for en­vi­ron­ment El­iz­a­beth Wong ( pix) (PKRBukit Lan­jan) said seven cases took place in the first two months of the year while the rest be­tween Septem­ber and No­vem­ber.

On the first seven cases, Wong said two were due to odour pol­lu­tion com­ing from Pa­hang’s Sun­gai Se­man­tan, while four were due to high am­mo­nia lev­els from sewage dis­charge due to the low wa­ter lev­els in rivers at the time.

She said the re­main­ing case was due to high level of man­ganese, sim­i­larly caused by low wa­ter lev­els in the rivers at the time.

Mean­while, on the more re­cent con­tam­i­na­tion cases, Wong said four cases were from an il­le­gal fac­tory in Kam­pung Sun­gai Lalang, Se­menyih.

Two cases were from Sun­gai Se­man­tan in Pa­hang while an­other two cases orig­i­nated from Ni­lai, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan.

She said the last case hap­pened in No­vem­ber and was due to a palm oil spill from a trans­port lorry.

Wong said the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal has taken ac­tion un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity Act against fac­to­ries, both il­le­gal and le­gal, which caused the con­tam­i­na­tion.

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