Contamination forces Semenyih plant to be closed again


PETALING JAYA: The Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant has been forced to shut down again due to contamination, leading to water disruption in Selangor for the second time in a fortnight.

The plant, which was brought to a halt two weeks ago causing water cut to over 330,000 premises, was forced to cease operation at 10am yesterday.

Several areas in Petaling, Sepang, Hulu Langat and Kuala Langat districts faced water disruption from 11pm on Monday.

Green Technology and Environment Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong said the odour was noticed on Monday night which forced the shutdown.

“The treatment plant will resume operation when there is no more odour pollution in the Semenyih river,” she said in a statement yesterday.

Wong said the culprit responsible for the source of pollution had been traced to a factory located next to a building material company at 22 1/4 Mile, Jalan Sungai Lalang, Semenyih.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and officers from the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) and state Economic Planning Committee went to the factory yesterday to inspect its operations.

“MPKj closed the premises while waiting for the Department of Environment (DOE) to collect evidence of the contamination,” Wong added.

Wong said the case had been referred to the DOE for further action and investigation under the Environmental Quality Act 1974 and if convicted, the culprits could face a maximum fine of RM100,000 and/or five years in jail.

In addition, local authorities could revoke their licences and stop all business operations.

“No appeals will be heard as their irresponsible action affected over 1.8 million residences in the state,” she said.

Azmin said the factory had been found to be operating without a licence.

He added that MPKj had seized all equipment on the premises and the Hulu Langat District and Land Office would seize the land.

“In the long run, the state government will station teams at a few locations to monitor the river and ensure its cleanliness,” Azmin said in a statement yesterday.

“We urge the DOE to take responsibility to ensure all industries around the river basin abide by the law.”

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