MB: Probe under way on Sungai Selangor pollution

KLANG: A police report has been lodged over the odour pollution in Sungai Selangor which has left millions of consumers in most parts of the Klang Valley high and dry.

“Investigation is under way, ’’ said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (pic) after visiting the area of contamination yesterday.

Amirudin, who visited the site at the Sungai Selangor Phase (SSP2) 2 Raw Water Intake Plant in Bestari Jaya, also said in a Facebook post that rehabilitation work was underway.

Meanwhile, Environment and Water Minister, Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who also visited the site, said his ministry was working at identifying where the pollution had come from.

“We suspect that the pollution may have come from a factory.

We have identified and shortlisted three or four locations to be investigated for the source of the contamination, ’’ Tuan Ibrahim told reporters at the site yesterday.

He said initial investigations indicated the odour pollution was caused by a solvent which smelled similar to the contamination that had occurred in September.

“The ministry had identified several industrial areas as the source of pollution (in September), ’’ he said, confirming that the matter was still being investigated.

The minister said it was also not ruled out that illegal factories operating around Selangor could have dumped the solvent in the river.

He added that factories licensed by the ministry would generally undergo regular inspections to ascertain there was compliance before licences were renewed.

The Selangor Water Management Authority had countered the contamination by releasing 285 million litres per day (MLD) from HORAS 600 and pumped 336 (MLD) water from alternative ponds to dilute the Sungai Selangor water.

The contamination yesterday had shut down Phases 1,2 and 3 of the Sungai Selangor water treatment plant as well as the Rantau Panjang water treatment plant which supplied water to some five million consumers.

Meanwhile, Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia president S. Piarapakaran said it was time to speed up the delayed completion of the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant.

“When Langat 2 is completed, it will increase the water supply by 15% to 20%.

“In the event similar incidents happen again, fewer households will be affected, ’’ he said.

Apart from that, said Piarapakaran, the state government must also create a database of all the factories and manufacturing plants that were potential river polluters so that it would be easy to monitor them.

He added that when the current factories were relocated to prevent pollution of water sources, serious efforts must also be in place to ensure new ones did not sprout up.

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