IPOH: Residents of Kampung Air Ganda in Hulu Perak can expect arsenic-free tap water soon as the new water pipe project there is scheduled for completion before Hari Raya in June, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
He said construction of the pipe was going smoothly and that the villagers could get fresh water supply before the festive period kicked off.
The water woes in the village started after traces of arsenic were discovered in water samples taken from the Ayer Ganda water treatment plant which served the area.
On Thursday (April 18), Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said water taken from the treatment plant was still safe for washing and bathing, but advised villagers not to consume the water until further notice.
SPAN, in a statement, said that the water treatment plant had traces of arsenic of more than 0.02mg/L, which was 0.01mg/L higher than the permissible level set by the ministry.
Following reports of 0.02mg/L arsenic levels at the same plant by the ministry, SPAN ordered the indefinite shutdown of the plant on April 9.
Since then, the Perak Water Board (LAP) has been supplying water to affected residents, using nine water tanker lorries and 13 static water tanks placed at strategic locations.
"For now, tankers are still supplying water to residents, and we will wait further instructions from the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) to the Perak Water Board (LAP)," Ahmad Faisal said.
"This is because the Deputy Health Minister has said that villagers could still use water from the Ayer Ganda treatment plant for their daily needs, except for consumption.
"We will see what is the next course of action because SPAN will only reopen the treatment plant if the ministry gives the green light," he told reporters at the sidelines of the state assembly on Friday (April 19).