Drinking water sent to folk affected by river pollution

Boxes of drinking water being distributed to the affected areas in Rompin.

THE Pahang government has sent 141,600 bottles of drinking water to areas in Rompin that are facing water disruption due to pollution.

The Pahang Mentri Besar’s office said about 11,800 boxes of drinking water bottles had been distributed to the population of Keratong, Ibam and Muadzam Shah which had been affected by water supply problems since July 7.

“Delivery was done by lorries belonging to the Public Works Department, Social Welfare Department and Rompin District Council as well as the private sector.

“The bottles of water were also channelled to the assemblymen of Ibam and Muadzam Shah for distribution to the residents,” the office said in a recent statement.

It added that 195 static water tanks had also been placed in certain areas while water was being supplied through more than 20 tanker trucks.

The office said that out of concern for the residents, the Regent of Pahang Tengku Mahkota Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah visited the affected areas, accompanied by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.

Pengurusan Air Pahang Berhad (Paip) had explained that the problem faced by the residents were caused by raw water pollution in Sungai Pukin, resulting in the Keratong water treatment plant not being able to operate.

The pollution was believed to have originated from the reservoir pond of a nearby palm oil processing plant in Ulu Keratong which collapsed following heavy rain. This caused waste to flow into the river.

The incident caused water supply disruptions for at least 11,500 user accounts around Keratong, said Paip.

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