By Nizam Zain
KUALA LUMPUR – Close to five million residents at the Klang Valley will be facing unscheduled water disruption again after Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) detected solvent smelling odour at Sungai Selangor at 12.45 pm.
According to Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) the incident has caused the operations at the Sungai Selangor Water Treatment Plant (LRA) Phase 1, 2, 3 and the Rantau Panjang LRA to be ceased.
Its Corporate Communications Chief Elina Baseri said, the 8 TON (Threshold Odour Number) odour pollution reading was detected at Rantau Panjang LRA, meanwhile the SSP1, 2 and 3 LRA was emanating 4 TON reading.
“The operations cease at all four water treatment plants is expected to cause unscheduled water disruption affecting 1,139,008 accounts.
“It encompasses of 1,279 areas in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat as the water supply will be cut off beginning 6.00 pm today,” she said in a statement today.
In its official Facebook post, LUAS said that the SSP1, 2, 3 and Rantau Panjang water treatment plants had to cease following the odour pollution detected at Sungai Selangor between 12.20 pm until 12.45 pm.
According to LUAS, the odour was detected with a reading of 8 TON from the Rantau Panjang LRA. The final reading from the LRA was 0 TON based on the last observation by the agency at 6.00 am.
Meanwhile, Air Selangor is dissolving the solvents by flushing the pollutants in Sungai Selangor.
“Efforts to dilute the solvents and flush off the contaminants we found in Sungai Selangor have been done by releasing 300 million litres of water from the Sungai Selangor dam and 500 litres from the Sungai Tinggi dam daily.
“LUAS has also pumped 192 litres of raw water from the KL Larut pool for the same reasons,” said the statement.
According to her, Air Selangor also gives its guarantee to minimise the impact of water disruption on the affected consumers, especially during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
“Air Selangor truly understands the situation of the consumers who need clean water, especially with the rising Covid-19 cases and the implementation of CMCO.
“Information on the unscheduled water disruption will be informed from time to time through all Air Selangor’s communication medium including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Air Selangor mobile application and our website, www.airselangor.com,” she added. – MalaysiaGazette