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Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 7:25:46 AM
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Getting rid of the smell: 750 EM mudballs have been thrown into Tasik Cempaka in Sepang Utara to help combat bad odour and create a healthier pond environment.
THE Sepang Municipal Council (MPSp), in a move to overcome bad odours coming from retention ponds in the Sepang constituency, has resorted to using effective micro-organisms (EM) mudballs.
The mudballs are a mixture of mud and other components.
“It helps to get rid of odour, ensures aquatic life in the ponds have a good habitat as well as a healthy pond environment,” said Sepang Utara councillor Santokh Singh.
The first programme was initiated in late July and involved 750 mudballs being thrown into Tasik Cempaka in Sepang Utara.
This is the first time the programme has been implemented in Sepang.
“MPSp’s landscaping department recently received help and guidance from our Kuala Langat counterparts on how to implement this system,” said Santokh Singh.
He said the programme came about as the council had received complaints from residents on the odour from retention ponds.
He said a test on water samples collected previously revealed that there was a high level of acidity in the pond’s water.
“We will be taking water
samples again soon to see if the situation has improved,” he said.
The councillor said they would periodically add mudballs into the pond until the odour was eliminated.
He said they also cleared sludge and other waste from the pond recently.
“Hopefully we will be able to use the EM mudballs in other such ponds in Sepang with a similar problem,” he added.
There are about 30 retention ponds in the Sepang consti-
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