Have We Learned Anything From Sungai Selangor Diesel Spill Incident?

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Image source: The Star

An illegal workshop spilled diesel into upstream of  Sungai Selangor in Rawang causing massive water pollution, and 4 water treatment plants have to stop working and to facilitate the clean-up works causing water disruption to a huge number of population in KL and Selangor. The workshop was then immediately shut down by enforcement officers. Case closed? Not quite.

If you are a concerned citizen just like those in Eco Green Builder, then there are many more questions that you need to ask:

Question #1:
How come there is an illegal workshop running for so long escaping from enforcement to such an extent that the workshop has been issued 14 summons totalling RM34,000?

Question #2:
Why hasn’t the relevant authorities particularly Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) and Department of Environment (DoE) acted on the workshop after the first few summons were being issued?

Question #3:
This was a pollution before water treatment plants and was detected immediately. Will the news surface if the pollution happened downstream right after the water treatment plants?

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Image source: The Star

Question#4:
This is not the first case, nor the last case. How many illegal dumping cases had actually occurred below the radar?

Question #5(a) & (b):
What are the main reasons behind all such incidents? Corruption? Incompetence? Or sheer ignorance, the not-in-my-backyard-so-I-don’t-care attitude? Will there be any public release of an official investigation report?

Question #6:
This incident exposed the sad truth that our water supply and distribution system is indeed extremely fragile. One slight mistake and millions will lose their access to clean water supply. What are the future plans of water supply for cities with an ever-increasing population like KL and Selangor? Are our primary and ancillary water supply systems both shock-proof and future-proof?

Question #7:
To reduce the impact of such event in the future, shouldn’t there be an enforcement to made rainwater harvesting compulsory for all new residential, commercial and institutional projects?

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Last but not least, if you are trying to understand the extent of the impact, try to understand the figures below:

The 4 plants  produce 2.67 billion litres of water daily, catering to 57% of the demand in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. Consumers hit by disruptions comprise 60% of the populations of Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam and the districts of Hulu Selangor, Kuala Sel­angor, Gombak, Klang and Petaling.

For those who are still experiencing water disruption, you can get updates from SYABAS’s website when the water supply will be resumed.

We sincerely hope the above questions would allow everyone to have in-depth discussion and voice up to get satisfactory answers to hopefully prevent history from repeating itself again. Share with us if you have anything to add.

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