IPOH: Villagers can still use water from Ayer Ganda for their daily needs except for consumption, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.
The Deputy Health Minister said the water from the plant was still safe for washing and bathing, but he 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 in six months,” he told a press conference after visiting Kampar Hospital yesterday.
On Wednesday, National Water Services Commission (SPAN) issued a statement about the Ayer Ganda water treatment plant recording traces of arsenic at more than 0.02mg per litre, which is 0.01mg per litre higher than the permissible level set by the Health Ministry.
The Perak Water Board (LAP) has been supplying water to affected residents using nine tankers and 13 static water tanks placed at strategic locations since the plant shut down on April 9.
When contacted, LAP director Datuk Mohd Yusuf Mohd Isa said the statement regarding the water pollution would only be released by the special task force concerned or by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
“The state Department of Irrigation and Drainage is monitoring the situation,” Mohd Yusuf said.
Ahmad Faizal’s press secretary Adie Suri Zulkefli said the ministry had sent a letter to SPAN regarding the pollution at Sungai Rui.
“We are still waiting for SPAN to respond to the letter before making any statement,” he said.
On a separate matter, Dr Lee said a new hospital would be built in Kampar to replace the current one.
“During my visit to the hospital, it was clear that the compound has several issues, including a lack of parking area and space for development.
“We are considering four locations that are at least 10km away from the current hospital,” he said, adding that the proposed project was awaiting approval from the state and ministry.