Hydraulic Fluid Spill In Sungai Selangor Causes Water Disruption In Klang Valley

Residents in Klang Valley encountered unscheduled water cuts and low pressure due to the closure of four water treatment plants as a result of raw water contamination.

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Several Areas In Klang Valley Were Hit With An Unexpected Disruption In Water Supply Since 11 October, Affecting Approximately 60% Of Klang Valley's Population

Areas affected: Gombak, Klang-Shah Alam, Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor.

Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SYABAS) Temporarily Shut Down Four Water Treatment Plans Due To A Hydraulic Fluid Pollution In Sungai Selangor, Thus Affecting The Distribution Of Water Supply

According to an earlier Bernama report, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas), had temporarily closed operations at the three water treatment plants since 8pm yesterday after hydraulic fluid was found in Sungai Selangor.

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Syabas corporate communications and public affairs general manager Priscilla Alfred Dharan said hydraulic liquid spilled into the river causing the closure of the first, second and third phase of Selangor river water treatment plant (LRA) as well as the Rantau Panjang LRA at 8pm on Oct 11.

"Due to the loss of production last night which amounts to 1,350 million litres per day (mld), recovery for the affected areas will take a few days. Tankers will be mobilised to the affected areas until the water supply resumes," said Dahran said.

The Pollution Is Believed To Have Resulted From The Disposal Of Industrial Wastes Into The River By Irresponsible Parties

However, the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) and the Selangor Department of Environment (JAS) are still investigating the actual cause of the incident.

In An Emergency Meeting With Water Distribution Firms And Local Councils Following The Incident, Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali Called For Stern Action To Be Taken Against Those Responsible

Azmin Ali speaking to the media today, at his office in Shah Alam, on the first water crisis since he was appointed Selangor MB.

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"The water supply disruption was caused by hydrocarbon pollutants that were thrown into the river by irresponsible parties," he told reporters after chairing a meeting with National Water Services Commission (SPAN) and Selangor Water Management Board (Luas) in Shah Alam today.

Water Supply Is Expected To Be Restored By Monday (13 October), 8AM. However, There Will Be Interruption Of Treated Water Supply To Consumers Because It Will Take Time For Operations To Return To Normal.

Tankers will be mobilised to affected areas in the Klang Valley and Shah Alam following the closure of three water treatment plants.

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"Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) has informed that the rehabilitation process has commenced in some areas and full restoration of water supplies should start by 8am tomorrow (13 October). However, at some high-lying areas and those located at the end of the supply chain, such as Pulau Indah and Banting, recovery will come in stages," Azmin Ali said.

SYABAS corporate communications and public affairs general manager Priscilla Alfred Dharan said in a statement, "The recovery process cannot be accelerated as there is no alternative source and not much water reserve held in storage. To ease consumer difficulties, tankers have been mobilised to distribute emergency water supply. Priority will be given to critical users such as hospitals and dialysis centres. Consumers are urged to make the best possible use of the emergency water supply."

This Is The Second Incident Involving Contaminants In The River. In August Last Year, A Diesel Spill In Sungai Selangor Resulted In The Closure Of Four Treatment Plants, Affecting About One Million Users In Selangor And Kuala Lumpur.

A Puncak Niaga worker inspecting the oil spill at the Sungai Selangor Phase 2 treatment plant.

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