QuickCheck: Did the water in a Klang river turn pink?


It was reported that Sungai Chandong in Klang took on a pink hue on Wednesday (June 29) following the discharge of an unknown substance. Is this true?

Verdict

YES

In a statement on Thursday (June 30), Selangor tourism, environment, green technology and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said the contamination took place early Wednesday.

The Selangor Water Management Board (LUAS) received information on the incident in the evening.

"Based on information from the public, we suspect there was a discharge of effluent from the Pulau Indah industrial area.

"LUAS identified the location where the red effluent originated, a drain in front of premises at Jalan Sungai Pinang.

"The fluid, believed to have been released into a drain by an irresponsible party, flowed into a catchment pond and then into Sungai Chandong," he said.

The source of the effluent has yet to be determined and samples have been sent for analysis.

The distance from the drain to the site of the pollution is 1.32km.

"LUAS, along with other agencies, will continue to monitor as well as ensure the preservation of Selangor's water sources, and work with local residents to identify and take action against those responsible," Hee added.

The contamination later subsided and the river water went back to its normal state.

Reference: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/06/30/klang039s-sg-chandong-back-to-normal-a-day-after-turning-pink

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