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.