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KUALA LUMPUR: A tanker overturned spilling diesel into Sungai Selangor Friday, forcing the closure of four treatment plants which supply water to some 10,000 consumers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the incident happened at 8am, causing water supply disruption in Gombak, Klang, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Langat.
"We had to close four treatment plants namely Sungai Selangor Fasa 1 (SSP1), Sungai Selangor Fasa 2 (SSP2), Sungai Selangor Fasa 3 (SSP3), and the Air Rantau Panjang plant to prevent polluted raw water from entering the plants," he told reporters after attending an Umno Supreme Council meeting here Friday.
He said cleaning up work was being carried out but expected this to take some time.
"The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) has activated its operations room to assist affected consumers," he said.
Meanwhile, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) in a statement said cleaning up work of the spillage was underway.
Syabas' Corporate Communications and Public Affair Department assistant general manager Priscilla Alfred said the cleaning up work would take some time because of the nature of the pollution.
She said the company would update consumers on the situation from time to time, Bernama reported.
Meanwhile, Selangor Water Contamination Emergency committee chairman Elizabeth Wong said late Friday that the diesel in the river was being cleaned with an oil-boom placed at all four treatment plants and the situation was under control.
"However, all relevant parties are working closely to ensure that there is no other contamination somewhere else," she said in a press statement.
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