Kuala Lumpur: The latest closure of water treatment plants will leave the taps dry for up to 1 million water account holders in the Klang Valley and Selangor as a result of suspected pollution from Sungai Selangor.
The water outage will affect 1,279 areas including Kuala Lumpur, and the Petaling, Klang, Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat districts in Selangor.
The Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) said Rantau Panjang, SSP1, SSP2 and SSP3 treatment plants were forced to stop operating at various times at around 12.45 pm, after odour contamination was detected.
They added that the process to dilute the solvents and ‘flush’ the contaminants that 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.
Yesterday, the department announced that the Selangor water polluters from now on will be subject to a possible RM1 million fine and a mandatory prison sentence.