KOTA KINABALU: The Water Department here has assured consumers that treated water sourced from the Moyog River is safe for consumption.
Department director Datuk Cosmas Abah said a series of tests were carried out to check the water quality following Monday’s reports that scores of dead fish were floating in the river.
“We have checked with the state environment and fisheries officials who informed us that the water is not polluted with pesticides,” he said.
He said the incident was isolated as there was no similar occurrence either upstream or downstream of the river.
“The tests have indicated negative results for the presence of pesticides,” he said.
He said the occurrence was about 3km downstream from the department’s Kasigui water intake point.
“In the event that such an incident occurs further upstream, then we will shut down the intake to facilitate investigation into the water quality,” he said.
Consumers here, in Penampang, Putatan and Kinarut were concerned about the water quality following the discovery of dead fish in the Moyog River.
Chief Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat ordered all relevant departments to investigate the incident but voiced his suspicion that tuber root was used to poison the fish.
Some villagers had blamed farmers upstream of using excessive pesticide that caused the contamination.