Pollution in Semenyih that led to water supply disruption being probed as a case of mischief, say cops


KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating the latest odour air pollution incident at Kampung Sungai Rinching Tengah, Semenyih as a case of mischief after foam was detected in the water there.

Deputy Sepang OCPD Supt Md Noor Aehawan Mohamed mentioned the case has been categorised beneath Section 430 of the Penal Code as mischief by inflicting a diminution in water supply.

A complainant from Air Selangor lodged a report on Thursday (Dec 16), he added.

“According to the report, the complainant claimed to have acquired details about odour with a 5 threshold odour quantity (TON) stage.

“The complainant additionally claimed to have detected air pollution on the water inlet to Sungai Semenyih,” he mentioned when contacted on Friday (Dec 17).

He mentioned investigations had been carried out by Air Selangor, the Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas), Environment Department and National Water Services Commission (SPAN) on the suspected supply of air pollution, believed to be a manufacturing facility.

“Thorough checks on the location revealed an underground channel however a premises examine didn’t lead to the supply of the channel.

“The Selangor police forensic unit has taken 5 water samples on the channel as nicely as the water remedy plant.

“Samples had been additionally taken from the manufacturing facility,” he mentioned, including that all of the samples had been despatched to the Chemistry Department for evaluation.

He mentioned police additionally took statements from the complainant and the manufacturing facility proprietor.

It was reported that odour air pollution and foam in the water detected at Kampung Sungai Rinching Tengah brought about water supply disruption to 463 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya.

Selangor tourism and setting committee chairman Hee Loy Sian mentioned an preliminary investigation by LUAS discovered foam at 8.45am on Dec 15 in Sungai Rinching, a river tributary of Sungai Semenyih.

“A more detailed investigation is being carried out. We have Kajang Municipal Council and the Environment Department doing the necessary inspection.

“The outcome of the initial investigations pointed to a flow of water from a drain outlet near a factory close to Kesuma Beranang Phase 7,” he mentioned.

Operations on the Sungai Semenyih water remedy plant had to stop as a end result of the odour air pollution, affecting Sepang (194 areas), Petaling (172), Hulu Langat (54), Putrajaya (23) and Kuala Langat (20).

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