Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Pig, Cattle Farms Among Polluters.

This is ridiculous!

Pig and cattle farms, as well as palm oil and rubber factories, have been identified as the culprits behind the contamination of Sungai Selangor.

Selangor Infrastructure and Public Utilities Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Fatah Iskandar said water samples taken on Feb 26, following public complaints of smelly water, revealed this. He said the release of effluents from factories, farms, rubbish dumps and sewerage ponds had caused the recent smelly water supply in parts of the Klang Valley.

Abdul Fatah said the Department of Environment would submit a report on the pollution to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, for action to be taken against the individuals polluting the river. The report is expected to be ready in two weeks.

He said: "They cannot run away from this, as we have taken samples of the water."

Abdul Fatah said water quality in the affected areas was now "back to normal" and complaints of smelly water to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd’s [Syabas] customer service centre [Puspel] were on the decline.

On Feb 26, Puspel received 476 complaints of smelly water from the public. The following day, it received nine complaints, while one was received on Wednesday.

Abdul Fatah said the Health Department did not receive any report of people falling sick from using the smelly water.

He said all water concessionaires have been urged to submit thrice daily reports on treated water quality, including reports on the smell and taste of water, to Syabas and the State Water Control Department. [Malay Mail]

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