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Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari speaks to the press after chairing a meeting to get the full report on the river pollution issue at the Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, on September 5, 2020. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

MB: Selangor to monitor river pollution using drone technology

SHAH ALAM, Sept 10: The state government will be monitoring its rivers using drone technology to prevent unexpected events that would pose a risk to the raw water source channelled to the water treatment plants.

Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the state will soon be announcing a dedicated team tasked to oversee two main river basins, Sungai Selangor and Sungai Langat, using the equipment.

“We need the help of technology. I am in discussion with several relevant parties since we have coordinators who can analyse water quality and carry out consistent patrol duty without the use of human energy.

“It will be done using drones and engines. We would then be able to detect elements of pollution. However, odour pollution is still a challenge for us since only the human nose (olfactory) can sense when something is off,” Amirudin said when featured on The Amin Idris Show streamed live on Facebook last night.

Commenting on the installation of pollution-tracking tools at the rivers, Amiruddin said the Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) have placed the devices in five to ten locations but was disrupted due to the water flow, aside from causing other ecological effects.

“The tracking works can be done but it involves costs and the involvement of the local authorities. After this, factories must also have these tracking tools in place or the state government, through the local authorities, can have the tools installed.

“If pollution takes place, at least there would be a record of it. However, this takes discipline and enforcement as well as continuous inspections,” he said.

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