SHAH ALAM, Feb 5 — The water quality of Sungai Selangor remains at an optimum level, with an ammonia reading beneath 1 mg/l and fulfilling the parameters of being under 1.5 mg/l, per the Health Ministry’s recommended levels.
State executive councillor for infrastructure Izham Hashim said the findings are based on 24-hour monitoring activities carried out by the Selangor Water Management Board (Luas), after high levels of ammonia were discovered in the water intake of the SSP1, SSP 2 and SSP 3 water treatment plants (WTP) on Thursday (February 2).
“Luas has been monitoring the main locations of Sungai Selangor’s basin. Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd has also stated that all three WTPs are operating as usual,” he said in a statement earlier today.
He added the water quality problem was not only due to pollution but also caused by economic activities and municipal operations along Sungai Selangor.
However, Izham provided assurance that the implementation of the Raw Water Guarantee Scheme (SJAM) by the state government will be capable of overcoming water quality risks, as well as ensuring that WTPs can continue to operate well.
“The scheme includes heavy punishment for offenders, 24-hour monitoring and surveillance by Luas’ Rapid Action Squad along Sungai Selangor and Sungai Langat, and the pumping of raw water sources from the Riverside Hybrid Enhancement System (Horas) 600, and the reservoir in Sungai Semenyih,” he said.
On Thursday, Air Selangor detected an ammonia increase in the water intakes of the SSP1, SSP2 and SSP 3 WTPs. Immediately taking action by activating SJAM, disruptions to the plants’ operations were successfully prevented.