The Sg Semenyih water treatment plant (WTP) has once again being closed, after the state water company Air Selangor detected odour pollution in the river.
According to Air Selangor, the shutdown of the Sg Semenyih WTP would lead a massive water disruption to a total of 463 areas in 5 Air Selangor regions, with Petaling (172 areas), Hulu Langat (54), Sepang (194), Putrajaya (23), and Kuala Langat (20), all expected to experience unscheduled water supply disruptions.
In response, Air Selangor had in an announcement on Facebook said it has activated its Emergency Response Plan to provide emergency water supply assistance to the affected consumers.
“A total of 81 water tankers will be mobilised to the affected areas and critical premises.” Air Selangor said.
In addition, the company has pledge to provide timely updates on the progress through its official communication channels such as the Air Selangor app, its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
“Inquiries and complaints can also be submitted at the Help Centre via www.airselangor.com and the Air Selangor app.”
Meanwhile, the list of affected areas can be found in the tweet by Air Selangor below.
Sg Semenyih WTP has experience 2 shutdowns in August and September this year respectively due to odour pollution. The incident has caused much inconvenience to the residents at affected areas within the Klang Valley.
Meanwhile, Berita Harian reported that the investigation carried out by the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) and the Department of Environment (DOE) managed to trace the source of the pollution back to industrial area in Fasa 7 Kesuma Beranang.
Investigations by Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) found a food manufacturing plant which is suspected of discharging chemical wastages into a drain that flows into a drain that leads to Rinching River.
The investigation will be carried out under Section 79 (1) of the LUAS Enactment 1999 which provides for a minimum fine of RM200,000 and a maximum of RM1 million and imprisonment of not less than 3 years.
Nonetheless, if you are residing in the affected areas, be reminded to save some water for your daily use.