Water supply to resume for 50% of affected users by midnight, says Selangor MB

PETALING JAYA: Water supply will be restored by 50% by midnight on Sunday (Sept 6), says Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

He said that stricter action would be taken by enforcement authorities to ensure such an incident does not happen again in the future.

Amirudin also said that a proposal to raise the RM50,000 fine to RM1mil for water polluters under the Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (Luas) Enactment 1999 is also in discussions.

He said this in a statement after chairing a meeting with Luas, Selangor Department of Environment, the police, Selayang City Council (MPS) and Gombak Land and District Office.

The MB received a full report on the situation of a major disruption which caused more than one million households to suffer dry taps in seven districts in the Klang Valley.

"I have just chaired the meeting on the current water pollution issue. Air Selangor predicts that by midnight, 50% of the accounts (households) will have their water supply restored.

"Hospitals and dialysis centres are the main priorities (for resuming water supply) at this time so as to minimise disruption.

"We discussed the long term solution to this disruption.

"Apart from clamping down by MPS and the arrest by police, Luas and the Selangor DOE will widen the tracking of the odour to Sungai Sembah to complete the efforts which are already being done in 53 premises around Sungai Gong to ensure there is no repeat of this," said Amirudin.

He also said that the Gombak Land and District Office will issue a notice for the factory involved to vacate its premises immediately, as its operations have been stopped on Thursday (Sept 3).

"The proposal to raise the fine RM50,000 to RM1mil under Luas Enactment will be brought to the Selangor State Assembly," said Amirudin.

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