IPOH: Villagers can only use water from Ayer Ganda for external use, says Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.
He said water taken from the treatment plant is still safe for washing and bathing, but advised villagers not to consume the water until further notice.
“We have already started building a new water pipe to supply fresh water to the affected villagers.
"The project will be completed within six months’ time,” he told at a press conference after visiting Hospital Kampar here on Thursday (April 18).
National Water Services Commission (Span) had released a statement earlier today that the Ayer Ganda water treatment plant has traces of arsenic more than 0.02 mg/L, 0.01 mg/L higher than the permissible level set by the Health Ministry.
Following reports of 0.024mg/L arsenic levels at the same plant by the Health Ministry, SPAN ordered the indefinite shutdown of the plant on April 9.
Since the shutdown, the Perak Water Board (LAP) has been supplying water to affected residents, using nine tank lorries and 13 static water tanks placed at strategic locations.
When contacted, LAP director Datuk Mohd Yusuf Mohd Isa said statements regarding the water pollution will only be released by a special task force, or by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
“The state Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS) is currently monitoring the situation and although LAP is involved in the task force, any statements about the condition will be released by the task force, or through Ahmad Faizal,” he said.
In a written statement, Ahmad Faizal’s press secretary Adie Suri Zulkefli said a letter was sent to Span by the Health Ministry regarding the pollution at Sungai Rui.
“We are still waiting for Span to respond to the letter before making any statement,” he said.