THE water quality of Sungai Pinang has improved after undergoing the Infinitesimal Quantum Persistent and Reflection (iQPR) Technology treatment for three months.
Penang River and Sea Pollution Task Force head Chow Kon Yeow said the water flowing at Sungai Pinang was now clear and odourless.
“However, at some parts of the river, the water seems black because of the riverbed sludge beneath it,” he told a press conference.
Chow, who is also the state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman, said the main task was to first tackle the pollution source.
“It is a very big task ahead of us now to educate the public not to treat our rivers like a rubbish bin.”
It was reported on May 19 that Infinite Acquisitions used a special green technology called iQPR from STS Solutions that used mineral water as its base, with no chemicals or microbes added.
STS Solutions chief executive director Lam Chuen Lin said they were treating the whole Sungai Pinang basin which stretched out to 22km long.
He said the most critical challenge would be its tributaries at Sungai Mati in Jalan Veterinari and Sungai Jelutong, both part of the basin of Sungai Pinang coming from Taman Free School.
“There are industrial waste discharge, effluents from sewage treatment plant and untreated waste water from wet market and food outlets in those areas,” Lam explained.
He said the water quality at the two predetermined sampling station in Lorong Kulit and Jetty Nelayan had achieved targeted Water Quality Index of at least 65 points.
“The odour assessments at the four predetermined assessment points at Jalan Air Itam, Lorong Kulit, Jalan Sungai and Jetty Nelayan also achieved the desired result of mild odour.”
Lam said the next action plan was to identify relevant schools in Sungai Pinang river basin for the “Care & Love Sungai Pinang” campaign.
“We will put up signboards at strategic locations along the river to create public awareness on the river rehabilitation programme,” he said.