Some three million people in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are expected to experience water supply disruptions if turbidity (muddiness) of Sungai Selangor water to four treatment plants in Ijok continues.
The four are Sungai Selangor Phase 1 (SSP1), Sungai Selangor Phase 2 (SSP2), Sungai Selangor Phase 3 (SSP3) and Rantau Panjang water treatment plants, said Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas).
Syabas Corporate Affairs Division executive director Abdul Halem Mat Som said turbidity in Sungai Selangor has affected water production at the four plants which supply 60 percent water to people in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
“All the plants are producing less water due to the extraordinary turbidity detected at the plants since morning.
“Production by the four plants declined from about 2,460mil litres daily to 1,000mil litres daily after recording extraordinary turbidity of over 6,000 NTU (Nephelometric Turbidity Units) in the morning compared to 300 NTU on normal days, ” he told reporters at SSP1 yesterday.
Halem said the pollution of raw water will make Syabas very worried if the reduction of water from the treatment plants continue beyond 8pm today.
“It will result in disruption of clean water supply to about 700,000 water supply accounts for about three million consumers in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur as well as commercial and industrial users.”
He added if the turbidity rate goes down to 2,000 NTU, then the water treatment plants could increase production.
Syabas is still investigating what causes pollution of Sungai Selangor and will inform of the current status from time to time.