Ammonia pollution leaves 18,000 homes in Melaka without water supply

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019

MELAKA (Bernama): A total of 18,076 consumers who obtain their water supply from the Gadek Water Treatment Plant in Alor Gajah have been experiencing water supply disruptions since Sunday (April 28) following ammonia pollution in Sungai Batang Melaka.

The Melaka government said the pollution occurred when water from fishing ponds was discharged by two catfish breeders in Hutan Percha area in Alor Gajah.

Among the areas affected are Simpang Ampat, Taman Kebaya-Jalan Kolam Air, Kelemak Industrial Area, Saujana Height, Solok Duku and Pulau Sebang.

"The Water Regulatory Body (BKSA) has received complaints about pollution at the plant on April 28 (Sunday) and yesterday, an enforcement team had investigated and took stern action to issue notices to stop the operation at the farm suspected of discharging waste water into the river.

“Investigations found the reading of ammonia exceeded 3.5mg/l which is above the parameter set by the Health Ministry. A police report was lodged at the Hutan Percha station for further action,” it said in a statement on Tuesday (April 30).

The pollution led to the closure of the Gadek Water Treatment Plant as the ammonia content of raw water was too high.

“The supply will be fully restored today. The state government views the matter seriously and will not compromise on matters of water pollution,” it said. - Bernama

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