‘Stricter measures needed to curb pollution’

The unscheduled water cuts in Selangor which affected millions of people was to facilitate the cleaning up of the polluted Sungai Gong. — Filepic

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has been asked to implement new policies for construction and factory projects to prevent pollution in waterways.

It is also to prevent water supply disruption to consumers, says councillor Derek Fernandez.

He said pollution by some unscrupulous parties had led to unscheduled water cuts in Selangor, affecting millions of people.

Calling for strict measures to prevent such acts, he said the city council could make it compulsory for new projects to have a water reserve facility in their premises with supply for a minimum of five days in the event of a water disruption.

“Make them instal large water tanks to have enough water during emergencies and see to the people’s needs.

“Projects that should have this water facility include the people’s housing project, low-cost flats and condominiums, ” he said at the MBPJ full board meeting yesterday.

“Make this compulsory. As for the factories, ensure the operators declare the type of businesses they are operating.

“Factories must also state the amount of waste they produce and their disposal methods.

“Such data will help prevent pollution and be useful to the Department of Environment to trace culprits, ” said Fernandez.

Unscheduled water cuts in Selangor affected the quality of people’s lives and businesses in the state, and the problem must be addressed, he said, adding that this had impacted the economy adversely.

“Clean water supply is a must and local councils must play an active role to ensure this.

“We must do all we can to prevent incidents of water pollution, ” added Fernandez.

In response, Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said Air Selangor Sdn Bhd decided on the size of water tanks for projects, not the council.

“As for complete details on operations at factories, the council has made this compulsory, ” he said.

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