Sg Petani Drain Water Turns Shocking Shade Of Green, Residents Alarmed
Apart from the colour, the drain in Sungai Petani, Kedah also emitted a foul smell and affected the small fishes there.
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According to Berita Harian Online, residents of Kampung Bakar Kapur, Penghulu Him, Sungai Petani, are worried after seeing their nearby drain water turned green.
They believe that this is due to water pollution by irresponsible disposal of toxic waste from a housing contractor project nearby.
With the polluted water only seen in the drain, the residents were worried if it’ll affect the water flowing there as the drain is connected to the Muda River, the longest river in Kedah, and a source of income for some villagers.
Besides that, glimpses of dead fishes accompanied by the foul-smelling water have been bothering the residents since last Wednesday.
A local eatery owner, Ramizan Marzukir, 54, said that he noticed the weird looking water when one of his customers pointed out that there’s an awful smell.
The customer further investigated and found that the smell was coming from the drain near his restaurant which surprisingly turned green at the time. The matter was brought to him and also the village head.
Another determined villager tried to find the cause of this problem and detected around 16 big blue barrels believed to be filled with toxic waste in the housing construction site in Penghulu Him, said Ramizan.
Both Ramizan and the village head went to the housing construction site and asked the contractor about the incident, only to be given a fishy answer saying that that is only the case of the use of shampoo to clean the houses there.
Doubtful of the incredulous answer, they contacted the Kedah Environmental Department (JAS) to investigate further. It is believed that a water sample from the drain is taken for testing and the area is sealed temporarily by them until the results are acquired.
Reports note that the water returned to a normal colour after the incident. However, deposits of waste material were still seen in the drain near the residential homes.
According to Minister of Environment and Water, Yang Berhormat Ustaz Dato’ Sri Tuan Ibrahim bin Tuan Man through his Facebook, in an ongoing investigation, JAS Kedah has found around 52 blue barrels, 22 of them believed to contain paint before.
JAS also found plenty of cosmetic waste at the location nearby. They have confiscated the barrels and took samples for further inspection. Besides calling the contractor representative for questioning, JAS has also sent this issue to Solid Waste And Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) for more action.
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