Water to be fully restored by 8pm Aug 12 in 397 areas after Sg Semantan pollution incident

THE LANGAT 2 Water Treatment Plant (Langat 2 WTP) resumed operations at 3.30pm Thursday (Aug 11) and treated water supply will be distributed to consumers in stages once the water supply distribution system has been stabilised.

This comes after the temporary shutdown of the Langat 2 WTP following a pollution incident at Sungai Semantan, Karak, Pahang due to oil spillage from an accident at KM75.9 of the Karak-Bentong Highway.

Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) said in a statement that water supply in all 397 affected areas in three regions, namely Petaling (three areas), Kuala Lumpur (172) and Hulu Langat (222), is expected to fully restored at 8pm tomorrow (Aug 12).

"The duration of the water supply recovery in the affected areas will vary depending on the location and distance of consumers’ premises.

"Alternative assistance through water tankers will continue to be mobilised to consumers, with priority given to critical premises," said the statement.

State tourism, environment, green technology and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said in a statement that Air Selangor had temporarily shut down the Sungai Semantan intake point in Temerloh at 5.15pm (Aug 10) to prevent chemical waste entering Langat 2 WTP.

"The accident happened about 20km away from the Sungai Semantan water intake point.

"Sungai Semantan in Pahang supplies raw water to Langat 2 WTP through a tunnel. Hence as a precaution and prevention measure, Air Selango temporarily shut down the Langat 2 WTP at 4.30am (Aug 11).

"Although the accident happened outside Selangor, it has the potential to affect Sungai Langat.

"According to the Selangor Water Management Board's (LUAS) investigations yesterday night, no chemical waste or pollutants were detected in Sungai Langat," he said in a statement.

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