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Saturday December 22, 2012

Tasik Aman lake in better condition after trial clean-up

Improveme nt
evident: Ng
(centre, in orange
shirt) explaining
the algae-control
process to (from
left) MBPJ Public
Complaints Unit
head Tunku
Nazaruddin
Zainudin and
Rajendra while
Gabriel (second
from right) and Dr
Chitra Devi look
on. Improveme nt evident: Ng (centre, in orange shirt) explaining the algae-control process to (from left) MBPJ Public Complaints Unit head Tunku Nazaruddin Zainudin and Rajendra while Gabriel (second from right) and Dr Chitra Devi look on.

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) personnel paid a visit to the newly rejuvenated Tasik Aman lake recently, to inspect the state of the waters, following the end of a four-month trial clean-up.

The lake had been contaminated by algae and the inflow of liquid waste from surrounding buildings.

The group, comprising councillor Cynthia Gabriel, MBPJ Department of Health and Environment director Dr Chitra Devi N. Vadivellu and Friends of Taman Aman Club president G. Rajendra were briefed by Glomedic Industries Sdn Bhd managing director Ng Yan Peng on the progress of the clean-up.

“Right now, we can confidently claim that 70% or more of the lake is clear of algae.

“We must remember that Tasik Aman is a still lake, with very little water movement.

“With enough nutrients, which come in from the storm drains, our sunny weather and no water movement, the algae grows very quickly. So maintaining this lake is a ‘man versus nature’ cycle,” said Ng.

“The lake had a bad stench about two years ago. This was when MBPJ began receiving complaints about the lake,” said Dr Chitra Devi.

Now however, children can be seen playing in the surroundings and joggers running alongside the lake.

“We will present a working paper to the council’s sub-committee for lake treatment on issues pertaining to the lake and the contract for maintaining its waters.

“Then, it will go to the council-level City Beautification Committee. The council will probably ratify it at the next full board meeting,” said Dr Chitra Devi.

This would most likely take place in January next year, said Dr Chitra, as the newly appointed mayor, Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad would also need to be briefed on the lake’s issues and progress.

The cost of continuing the algae-control project, Dr Chitra said, was currently estimated at between RM240,000 and RM250,000 for two years.

“Taking care of the lake is not just the local council’s responsibility but also the local citizens’,” said Gabriel.

Currently, all three lakes in Petaling Jaya are being treated for pollutants (Tasik Perbandaran Kelana Jaya and Taman Jaya) and algae (Tasik Aman).

Gabriel, who chairs the lake treatment sub-committee, said RM800,000 had been allocated for 2013 to treat the water in all three lakes although the money would be equally distributed as problems at the other two lakes were of a different nature.

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