Chemistry Dept continues to check on water quality in Kuala Koh


PUTRAJAYA: Tests continue to be carried out at water catchment areas around the Kuala Koh Bateq settlement in Gua Musang to ensure water safety there.

Chemistry Department director-general Mohamed Zaini Abdul Rahman said the team in Kuala Koh will work with both the Environment and Health Departments to gather water samples in the area for analysis.

“The team will collect water samples for analysis every four days in a span of about a month. The samples will immediately be sent to our headquarters in Petaling Jaya,” he said.

Mohamed Zaini said the water samples were taken from areas, where villagers would typically collect their water including rivers and tube wells around the vicinity.

“I am confident that the team will do a good job, especially as one of the researchers used to be attached with the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) in Gua Musang and has established good rapport with the villagers in Kuala Koh,” he said.

However, Mohamed Zaini said he was not in the capacity to reveal the results of the tests.

“I will leave it to the Health or Environment Department to make that announcement,” he said when met at the Energy, Science and Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry Hari Raya Open house here on Wednesday (June 19).

Meanwhile, Kelantan Health Department director Dr Zaini Hussin said the latest test results revealed that water in the area was safe to drink.

On June 14, during a visit to the operations centre in Felda Aring 10 near the village, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced that water in the area complied with the national drinking water standards for raw water.