Published: Tuesday January 15, 2013 MYT 3:59:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 15, 2013 MYT 6:34:40 PM
Minister: Prosecute those responsible for polluting Sungai Semenyih
By JOSEPH SIPALAN
PUTRAJAYA: Those responsible for polluting the raw water supply in Sungai Semenyih must be found and prosecuted, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.
He said it was unacceptable for any party to dump foul-smelling discharge into the river, an act that forced operators Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) to close down the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant for almost seven hours on Monday.
"We cannot afford to have incidents of this nature. We need to try our best to enforce (the law), and keep pollutants out of our water supply," he said at a press conference after a briefing by the plant operator here Tuesday.
The Sungai Semenyih plant had to be closed from 1pm to 8pm on Monday after pollutants were discovered in the raw water supply.
Although the plant was fully operational after seven hours, continued use of water during the shutdown period had emptied out the reservoirs in Bangi, Kajang, Sungai Chua and Semenyih, with disruptions expected to last up to seven days in some areas.
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