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Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari addressing the media during a press conference at the Selangor State Secretariat building, Shah Alam, on October 28, 2020. — FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

MB: Fast action to resolve river pollution prevents water cuts

By Afix Redzuan

SHAH ALAM, Oct 28 — Swift action by state agencies has successfully thwarted four contamination incidents from flowing into the main raw water source in the past six days.

Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the collective effort was carried out by the Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas), Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor), the National Water Service Commission (SPAN) and the Department of Environment (DOE) after receiving public complaints.

“The latest incident detected last night was an oil spill. Officers from the DOE, Luas, SPAN, and Air Selangor had inspected the river area and found that the contamination had not originated from nearby factories or workshops.

“Three days ago, black coloured substance was found in Sungai Kundang, believed to have been an oil spill.

“It is worrying if these incidents were deliberate but we do not have any evidence to say so. But Alhamdulillah (Thank God), the past few days we have been able to resolve the matter and prevented the rivers from being polluted,” said Amirudin during a press conference at the Selangor State Secretariat building here today.

Yesterday, a black oil spill was detected by Luas at the water flow of Jalan KB1/9 Kampung Baru Balakong, Seri Kembangan, after receiving a public complaint at 6pm.

Luas had placed oil barrier and oil boom at the contaminated location and prevented the oil spill from flowing into Sungai Balak.

Amirudin said aside from utilising drones beginning November 1, the state government had also added manpower to step up in monitoring the rivers and raw water source areas.

He had also urged all parties to not pollute the rivers as it would cause disruption of water supply and impact millions of users.

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