Gombak police investigating alleged pollution detected at Rantau Panjang water treatment plant

SHAH ALAM: Gombak police have opened an investigation into the pollution detected at the Rantau Panjang water treatment plant.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said they received a report on the matter at around 3pm on Tuesday (Nov 10).

"A Selangor Water Management Board (Luas) enforcement officer lodged the report on the alleged pollution detected at the water treatment plant. Initial investigations by Luas found that the water contained a substance believed to be solvent at a threshold odour number (TON) of eight," he said in a statement Tuesday.

He said the complainant also stated that the water supply had to be shut off until cleaning efforts were completed.

"Gombak police have opened investigation papers under Section 430 of the Penal Code for mischief by causing a diminution in the supply of water for agricultural purposes, or for food or drink for human beings or for animals," he said.

Selangor is crying sabotage over the latest odour pollution in Sungai Selangor which forced the Tuesday shutdown of four water treatment plants supplying piped water to about 1,139,008 accounts in the state and Kuala Lumpur.

State tourism, environment, green technology and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian was quoted as saying that initial investigations found that the odour pollution, believed to be from solvents, originated from the Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) plant in Taman Velox, Rawang.

The water treatment plants affected by the odour pollution are Rantau Panjang and Sungai Selangor Phases 1,2 and 3.

Air Selangor has issued an alert for unscheduled water supply disruption from 6pm Tuesday in 1,279 areas in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Hulu Langat following the incident.

This episode of water woes came less than a month after the same water treatment plants were forced to shut down last month, also due to odour pollution.

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