30 JUNE 2020
During the 24 -hour monitoring operation of Ops Sumber Air which was carried out from March 18 to June 30, 2020, a total of 5 pollution incidents caused the stoppage of major water treatment plants (WTPs) were reported even during the Movement Control Order (PKP) period.
The integrated operation led by the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) involves various agencies including the Department of Environment (DOE), Selangor Water Management, Indah Water Konsortium Sdn. Bhd. (IWK), Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Selangor State Disaster Management Unit (UPBN), National Water Services Commission (SPAN), District & Land Office (PDT) and Local Authorities (PBT). These operations are carried out by each agency according to their respective jurisdictions with monitoring in over 20 water resource sensitive areas.
During the Water Resources Ops, LUAS has activated the yellow code based on the Water Resources Pollution Emergency Manual 5 times for incidents that do not affect the operation of the WTP. Meanwhile, a total of 5 times the Selangor River pollution emergency Red Code was activated due to pollution incidents that caused the WTP to be suspended. Starting from June 1 until today (June 30, 2020), LUAS has conducted daily monitoring and patrols in sensitive areas in the Sg. Selangor and Sg. Langat includes state dams to ensure that there are no incidents of encroachment and pollution to water resources. LUAS has issued a total of 84 Offense Notices and 5 Compounds.
Notification of Offenses for premises that fail to comply with the LUAS Enactment 1999. Meanwhile, the Selangor State DOE through the information received has issued 7 compounds and 7 notices of instruction for premises that fail to comply with the Environmental Quality Act 1974 during this Water Resources Ops.
During this operation, 5 oil spill incidents were dealt with immediately namely; 1) Incident at KL-Larut alternative water source pond discharge flow on 27 April 2020, 2) Incident at Kuala Langat Power Station on 4 May 2020, 3) Incident of lorry accident carrying palm oil load and burning on Hubungan Tengah North South Expressway ( ELITE) on 4 June 2020, 4) The incident of black oil dumping in the Jalan Olak Lempit drain on 15 June 2020, and 5) The accident of a four -wheel drive on 18 June 2020. These five swift actions have succeeded in preventing the stoppage of the main WTP in Sg. Selangor, Labohan Dagang WTP and Bukit Tampoi WTP in Sg. Langat and Sg. Labu and Salak Tinggi WTP in Sg. Pumpkin. Through this operation as well, the downtime of the plants involved in the Code Red pollution incident can be reduced as a result of the integrated actions of LUAS and all agencies involved.
In conclusion, LUAS together with the relevant agencies are committed in ensuring that pollution incidents are curbed and addressed promptly so that the WTP operates properly and water supply disruptions to consumers can be avoided. To that end, this Water Resources Ops will continue to be carried out indefinitely only during the festive season or certain times. 24 -hour non -stop monitoring will be carried out by LUAS together with AIR Selangor to ensure the continuity of water resources and treated water supply. The Selangor State Government and LUAS call on all to be concerned about the sensitive areas of the state's water resources, especially rivers and report any suspicious activities. Preservation and conservation of water resources is a shared responsibility.
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