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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Another potential water disruption averted, this time from factory fire

 

Enforcement officers placing 43 activated carbon bags along Sungai Kundang. (LUAS Facebook pic)

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Water Management Board (LUAS) and Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) swung into action by taking early precautionary measures after a level three threshold odour number (TON) pollution incident was detected upstream of Sungai Kuang following a factory fire in Gombak yesterday.

State Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said, currently, LUAS, Air Selangor and Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) had placed 43 activated carbon bags at Sungai Kundang, which receives the inflow of water from Sungai Kuang, which is one of the main tributaries in the Sungai Selangor basin.

“This move is to prevent the smell from the plastic processing factory fire, which is located 33km from the Rantau Panjang Water Treatment Plant (LRA) that flows into Sungai Sembah and then to Sungai Selangor.

“Until now, LUAS, Air Selangor and MPS are working to stop the waste resulting from the fire from flowing into the river by constructing an earth bund at the site,” Hee said in a statement here today.

Black burnt components from the factory had flowed into the upper streams of Sungai Kuang. (LUAS Facebook pic)

Following the incident, the factory has been issued a water protection order under Section 122 of the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) Enactment 1999 regarding the risks and threats posed by the incident to the quality of water sources.

“Thus far, the LRA is still operating and no water disruptions are reported. The mitigative follow-ups and surveillance efforts have been stepped up and will be carried out by LUAS and other involved parties from time to time,” Hee said.

He said the odour pollution was detected at 10pm yesterday and the investigation found that remnants from the fire were on the water surface. Black burnt components had flowed into the upper streams of Sungai Kuang. - FMT

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