Selangor to test raw water from Pahang for bauxite contamination, results in two months

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  • Saturday, 23 Jan 2016

The effects of bauxite mining.

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government will conduct tests on raw water from Pahang following fears of bauxite sediment pollution in rivers there, with the results expected in about two months' time.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said ‎that the State Economic Planning Unit (Upen) has started ‎scrutinising the quality of water from Pahang before the state administration decides on its next course of action.

''We decided last week to conduct tests on raw water from Pahang following bauxite pollution there," he said, adding that the results are expected back in two months.

''We will decide on the next course of action then, including whether the current rate of 10sen per cubic metre is reasonable,'' he said when met after a tree-planting programme at the AEON Mall Shah Alam in Seksyen 13 here Saturday.

Discussions for Selangor to obtain water supply from Pahang was conducted several years ago.

During his tenure, former mentri besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim did not want raw water from Pahang although the infrastructure was already in place, as he felt the water supply then was adequate.

When Azmin took office, his administration announced that Selangor would receive raw water supply from Pahang through the Pahang-Selangor Raw Water Channelling Project (PPAMPS) to meet the needs of consumers until the completion of the Langat 2 water treatment plant in 2019.

Azmin noted that tests were necessary despite the fact that the water would still undergo treatment.

He said if the pollutant level was high, it would cost more to treat the water.

‎‎ Azmin said that currently, they were not taking much water from Pahang as the Langat 2 dam was still under construction.

''The raw water is meant to be treated at Langat 2.

''For now the water volume is small and it can be adjusted according to needs,'' he said, adding that Selangor would ensure its treated water was safe for consumption.

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