Selangor govt works to control Sg Buloh pollution
Selangor state Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Orang Asli Affairs chairman Hee Loy Sian says the state government is implementing several measures to control river pollution in Sungai Buloh. - NSTP file pic
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government, through the Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas), is implementing several measures to control river pollution in Sungai Buloh.
These include periodic cleanliness surveys, developing the Sungai Buloh Action Plan and implementing controls for the entry or release of polluting substances with the setting of parameter limits.
Following the issue raised in a recent television show regarding river pollution in Sungai Buloh, state Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Orang Asli Affairs chairman Hee Loy Sian said industrial, commercial, housing, animal husbandry and aquaculture activities in the area had contributed to increased effluents in the river, thus reducing water quality.
As a long-term measure, Hee said the state government through Luas would implement the Zero Discharge Policy where premises would recycle their effluent discharge instead of releasing it into the environment.
It also plans to implement the Polluters Pay Principle, which allows any premises to be charged for the amount of pollution load released into the river if it exceeded the stipulated limit.
"These two policies are undergoing a feasibility study in terms of impact on the balance and sustainability of water resources as well as the economy," he said.
Hee added that the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) programme was being implemented to assess the ability of a river water source to accept pollutants without affecting its water quality.
"Luas has done two TMDL studies, namely at the Sungai Langat and Sungai Sembah river basins, and will include more rivers in Selangor, including the Sungai Buloh river basin in the future," he said.
Hee said Luas had established the 'Friends of River' initiative in the Sungai Buloh river basin to raise awareness among people of the importance of protecting the quality of water resources. — Bernama
By Bernama - April 19, 2023 @ 2:13pm