River In Klang Runs Pink After Contamination From Illegal Waste Dumping

An estimated distance of 1.32km of water is said to be contaminated.

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Klang residents woke up to an unusual sight on the morning of 29 June — the Chandong river seemed to have turned pink overnight

The Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) received this information about the incident from members of the public late Wednesday afternoon, 29 June.

State Tourism, Environment, Green Technology, and Orang Asli Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said in a statement that checks found that the water had returned to normal after high tide.

This led them to believe that the water was contaminated early in the morning.

Illegal waste dumping in the industrial area of Pulau Indah, Klang, is suspected to be the cause of the water being contaminated

"The (red) coloured liquid is believed to have been released into a drain and flowed into the catchment area of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and then into the Chandong River," said Hee.

An estimate of 1.32km of the river is said to be contaminated.

Investigators have taken a sample of water for further analysis to identify the quality and content of the pollution

Authorities will also be closely monitoring the water to ensure Selangor's water resources are well preserved.

Meanwhile, LUAS is also working towards finding the suspects who caused the water pollution

The Selangor state government said that they will not take such actions lightly and the provision of the LUAS Enactment 1999 will be used against the offender.

They also urged those who have any information in regards to such activities to report to LUAS so that immediate action can be taken.

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