The pollution left over a million homes in Klang Valley high and dry.
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Eight men connected to a construction machinery sales and repair company in Rawang were arrested by Selangor police in relation to the Sungai Selangor pollution in the wee hours of Monday that led to a massive water cut in the Klang Valley.
Who said what: Selangor state police Criminal Investigations Department Chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said the Rawang company’s 31-year-old director, his 62-year-old father and six staff were arrested this morning. They will be remanded at the Selayang Court tomorrow, 22 October.
What you need to know: The case is being investigated under Section 430 of the Penal Code in relation to mischief committed that causes a diminution of the supply of water. A guilty verdict carries a punishment of 5 – 30 years jail term, or fine, or both.
How did it get here: On Monday, 19 October, Air Selangor halted work at Sungai Selangor Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3 and Rantau Panjang Water Treatment Plants due to odour pollution at the river. The suspension of these four plants caused an unscheduled water supply disruption involving 1,196,457 accounts covering 1,292 areas in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang/Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat.
Water supply trickled back from Monday evening and full restoration is only expected on Friday. This is the third unscheduled water cut in Klang Valley caused by pollution of water sources after Sungai Gong and Sungai Bakau were polluted in March, and Sungai Gong polluted again in September.
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