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Another water cut in Selangor? Odour pollution detected in Selangor water treatment plants

There could be another water cut in Selangor after the Selangor Water Management Board (LUAS) received information about another odour pollution found at the River Monitoring Station (RMS) in Section 3, Bangi at 11.15 am on Thursday (9 June).

According to Bernama, State Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Orang Asli Affairs Standing Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said the incident was reported by Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor).

Following that, LUAS, along with other agencies such as the National Water Commission (SPAN) and Air Selangor conducted a monitoring operation in several locations to identify the source of pollution.

“LUAS has activated the Yellow Code based on the Water Resources Pollution Emergency Manual for a thorough investigation into the area upstream of the inlets, which is at risk of causing the shutdown of the Semenyih 2 Water Treatment Plant (LRA), Bukit Tampoi LRA and Labohan Dagang LRA.”

“The estimated distance of the pollution location from the inlets, namely Semenyih 2 LRA is 6.63 kilometres (km); Bukit Tampoi LRA (18 km) and Labohan Dagang LRA (31.9km),” he said.

Hee said that LUAS has investigated several potential sources of pollution and the odour test sampling recorded odours up to two tons in Sungai Balak, while in Sungai Sekamat and upstream of Sungai Langat, no pollution-related findings were detected, with the odour reading at zero tons.

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As of 5 pm, there was no more oil-like odour around Sungai Balak, he added.

“Meanwhile, LUAS is also conducting static monitoring and sampling around the Kampung Teras Jernang Bridge with odour test sampling conducted every 30 minutes and readings obtained were around two tonnes, as of 9 pm, there was no contamination at the LRA inlet area,” he said.

As of now, LUAS and Air Selangor are still investigating the cause of the odour pollution.

LUAS has also increased the frequency of its odour sampling in Sungai Langat from one hour to 30 minutes to closely monitor the status.

Hee added that static monitoring and LUAS patrols in the Sungai Langat area were carried out round the clock to ensure such incidents did not recur and any pollution could be prevented before it entered the LRA system.

Other than that, LUAS will also intensify the 24-hour monitoring operations at major river basins to ensure that pollution incidents did not affect LRA operations. 

We genuinely hope that the authorities will hold those polluting the rivers accountable!

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