Scheduled waste disposed into toilet causes reddish substance at IWK plant

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SHAH ALAM, Nov 11 — A scheduled waste disposal store in Taman Velox, Rawang, is suspected to be the cause of the Sungai Selangor pollution which caused the operations of Sungai Selangor Phase (SSP) 1, 2, 3 and Rantau Panjang water treatment plants (LRAs) to be suspended.

State Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Orang Asli Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said an integrated raid was carried out by the police, Selangor Water Management Board (LUAS) and the Department of Environment (DOE) on the premises which is located about 700 meters near Sungai Gong, Tuesday.

“As a result of the raid, we found the hose believed to be used to dumb the scheduled waste into the toilet. Police have also identified the owner of the premises,” he said at the State Legislative Assembly sitting here today.

Hee said this in reply to R. Rajiv (PH-Bukit Gasing) who wanted to know the status of water pollution in Sungai Selangor on Tuesday.

Hee said the premises was also suspected to have dumped scheduled waste which had caused Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) Sdn Bhd sewage treatment plant to receive reddish waste and had to suspend its operation on Nov 4.

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According to Hee, IWK only notified the National Water Service Commission (SPAN) of the situation and not the state government.

“IWK also lodged a police report on the matter, while SPAN decided to remove the waste manually using lorries to another location and shut down the plan.

“LUAS and Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) were not informed about this and if we had known about this, we could have taken the appropriate action sooner,” he said.

Hee explained that the incident was the fourth brought up by IWK this year and they should have been more responsible in managing their sewage treatment plants.

“This is the fourth time it had occurred…twice in Bukit Mahkota, Semenyih, once in Batang Kali, Hulu Selangor, and now in Rawang,” he said.

According to Hee, the state government had lodged a police report on the incident and will bring anyone involved in causing water pollution in the state to justice in accordance with LUAS Enactment 1999.

Yesterday, Air Selangor announced that operations at the Rantau Panjang and Sungai Selangor Phase (SSP) 1, 2 and 3 water treatment plants had to be suspended due to pollution of raw water sources.

This disruption affected 1,139,008 accounts holders in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat.

Secretary-general of the Ministry of Environment and Water Datuk Seri Ir Dr Zaini Ujang as reported as saying that the water pollutant was believed to have come from the small and medium industry area in Taman Velox, Rawang.

BERNAMA

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