S'gor water cuts: State reps visit premises where 40 barrels of unknown fluid found, believed to be source of recent odour pollution

THERE were more than 40 barrels of an unknown liquid stored in the shoplot unit that allegedly discharged effluent into the sewerage system that resulted in odour pollution at water treatment plant intakes, and caused the recent water cuts in Selangor.

Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han visited the shoplot at Jalan 2, Taman Velox, Rawang, on Wednesday (Nov 11) to see the situation for himself.

“This premises certainly contained scheduled waste that could only be disposed of by using the services of Kualiti Alam Sdn Bhd.

“From what we see here, this shoplot is located in a light industrial area and has been used to store this unknown liquid.

“Initial investigations showed that the premises was never open, and is also not licensed.

“We suspect they have been dumping the effluent into the sewerage system of the shoplot, ” said Ng, who also took a look into the sewerage system which had the residue of some unknown liquid.

He said the business owner will be made to dispose of the balance of the effluent through Kualiti Alam.

Ng said this habit of dumping effluent into the sewer has to stop and urged the Environment Department (DOE) to monitor the situation.

“DOE has the expertise to detect these chemicals, and not Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (Luas), ” Ng said.

The council also raided the light industry area and inspected 62 other premises in the area. Of the total, 45 were licenced while 17 either had expired licenses or were not licensed at all.

During the site visit, Ng also noticed some barrels containing an unknown liquid by the road shoulder. Selayang Municipal Council officers sealed these items.

Also present during the site visit were the Selayang Municipal Council enforcement team, Selayang MP Wiliam Leong and Rawang assemblyman Chua Wei Kiat.

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