Selangor MB: Investigation On River Contamination Is Underway

Air Selangor predicts that water supply will be fully restored by Friday.

Cover image via Amirudin Shari (Facebook) & Shafwan Zaidon/Malay Mail

Following the recent unscheduled water disruption in the Klang Valley, Selangor MB Amirudin Shari assured residents that an investigation to identify the source of contamination in Sungai Selangor is underway

On 19 October, he visited the Sungai Selangor Phase 2 Raw Water Intake Plant to check on restoration works.

Several photos were uploaded on his Facebook and he wrote, "According to current reading development trends, the pollution is expected to be resolved this afternoon. Water supply will begin to be channelled in stages after that. A police report has been lodged regarding the pollution case. An investigation is underway."

Meanwhile, authorities have opened an investigation paper on the contamination of Sungai Selangor

According to Free Malaysia Today, Selangor police chief Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin confirmed that Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has received a report regarding the issue and they will look into the matter with the assistance of Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS) as well as the Department of Environment (DOE).

He said, "Strict legal action will be taken on those responsible for causing the contamination."

Noor Azam then explained that the case will be investigated under Section 430 of the Penal Code.

According to Burgie Law, those found guilty according to Section 430, is liable to either imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than thirty years, a fine, or both.

Image via Suara Perak

At the time of writing, water supply has been restored for 13% of the total areas affected by the sudden disruption

Air Selangor issued a statement on Facebook noting that water has been channelled to 162 areas. Meanwhile, restoration is still underway for another 1,130 locations. 

Water supply is predicted to be fully restored at all locations by Friday, 23 October

It was only Sunday, 18 October, when Air Selangor announced that water supply in certain areas had been recovered following a burst pipe issue:

In a previous case, owners of a factory linked to water pollution in Sungai Gong were arrested after the contamination forced four water treatment plants to halt operations:

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