MELAKA: The Melaka Water Regulatory Body (BKSA) has lodged a police report against two catfish breeders at Hutan Percha in Alor Gajah following ammonia pollution in the Batang Melaka river.
State Transport, Works and Public Amenities Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sofi Abdul Wahab said BKSA views the April 28 incident as a "critical situation" after water supply to 18,076 consumers in Alor Gajah was abruptly disrupted.
“Consumers could have suffered health complications if we have not acted promptly as the reading of ammonia exceeded 3.5mg/l which is above the barometer set by the Health Ministry on safe water supply.
"The report was lodged at Hutan Percha police station recently,” he said on Thursday (May 2).
The incident affected areas such as Simpang Ampat, Taman Kebaya-Jalan Kolam Air, Kelemak Industrial Area, Saujana Height, Solok Duku and Pulau Sebang among others.
It also caused closure of the Gadek Water Treatment Plant. Earlier, Chief Minister Adly Zahari warned that operators of industries, agricultural and fishing activities will face serious consequences if similar pollution recurs.
He said the state government had set up a special committee to monitor the risks of pollution and take punitive action against the culprits.
“The state government will take action against anyone who pollutes the rivers, including issuing notices to terminate their operations.
“The Batang Melaka incident shouldn't have occurred in the first place and we will no longer compromise by just letting the offenders off with negligible action,” he added.