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Negeri Sembilan Monitors River Pollution Issues Near State Borders

Seremban: The Negeri Sembilan government will take proactive measures against the issue of water pollution that occurs in the state, affecting the water supply of residents in Selangor.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said, he had been informed about the matter and had asked the relevant agencies to take action.

“There is a river in Selangor that starts in Negeri Sembilan and the matter that the Menteri Besar of Selangor always pays attention to is related to the issue of water pollution.

“I have informed this matter to the Department of Environment (DOE), Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) and the Water Regulatory Agency (BKSA) to monitor and take appropriate action.

“This matter involves the interests of the community and residents in Selangor, especially in the border areas,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly EXCO meeting at Wisma Negeri here, today.

Several incidents of water pollution occurred before which affected the population in both states.

In October 2020, both Sungai Semenyih and Bukit Tampoi, Selangor Water Treatment Plants (LRA) were stopped due to raw water pollution in Semenyih River.

The pollution is believed to be caused by the cleaning activities of goose farms in Sungai Pajam, Negeri Sembilan as well as from the Nilai 3 industrial area.

The problem is also the cause of pollution in Sungai Batang Benar Nilai which is the source of raw water for Sungai Semenyih.

The two rivers located on the border of the Selangor state have experienced odor pollution affecting the water quality of Sungai Semenyih.

Aminuddin said, in the latest incident on December 24, there was a spill of perfume essence caused by an accident of a lorry carrying a load of the material involved on the Elite Highway near Bandar Serenia, Nilai.

He said that the incident also affected the operation of the LRA involved thus affecting the interests of the people including in Selangor.

“In this regard, I also hope that the community will always keep the river clean because it is important and a source of our drinking water,” he said.