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Monday June 28, 2010
By R.S.N. MURALI firstname.lastname@example.org
KUALA TERENGGANU: Rapid development at the edge of Sungai Hiliran in Losong here has been blamed for the worsening water quality of the river.
Terengganu Riverine & Coastal Authority (Trivecosta) director Datuk Wan Zahari Wan Ngah said the development surrounding the river also contributed to contamination of the waterway due to indiscriminate garbage disposal.
Boat repair works carried out along the banks leave behind improperly discarded diesel waste, hence compounding the river pollution.
He said the 933 housing estates, 483 business premises, 97 workshops, 26 fish-cracker factories and 22 wood-based industries along the 6.4km riverside had caused Sungai Hiliran to become the most polluted river in the state.
“Sungai Hiliran is surrounded by a densely populated area that has placed the river at high-risk of getting polluted.
“Therefore, we need the co-operation of everyone, from government agencies to those living or working along the river to prevent the quality of water from deteriorating further,” he said during the launch of the Sungai Hiliran conservation programme at Cabang Tiga here.
The programme was initiated by the State Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) to create awareness among locals on the importance of river conservation.
Wan Zahari said the Sungai Hiliran water quality could improve over the next five years if there was constant effort to rehabilitate the river and at the same time, the relevant authorities needed to impose stricter regulations on industries along the river.
He said DID had installed a gadget known as “Realtime Water Quality Monitoring System” to monitor the quality of water in the river and take immediate remedial measures if necessary.
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