KUALA LUMPUR: With three contamination cases having struck water treatment plants in the Klang Valley this year, questions have been raised over whether adequate security measures are in place to protect the country’s water sources.
Experts and environmentalists believe that answers, and especially action, are needed to curb any more of such cases, which are preventable.
Water quality expert Dr Praveena Nair said the public must be educated on the importance of not disposing any waste into the river.
She said there still existed the misguided perception that anything liquid-based dumped into rivers would automatically be treated.
The public must be made aware that there was a difference between waste water treatment plants and sewage treatment plants.
Praveena underscored the importance of implementing the integrated water billing system in more states – introduced by the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry – as a key move to educating the public on the issue.
On Dec 20, Terengganu became the first state in Peninsular Malaysia to implement the integrated water billing system with IWK for premises using connected sewerage service.
‘This is not the first time that illegal dumping has affected Sungai Semenyih or any other rivers.’
The illegal dumping of chemicals, which affected the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant on Saturday, left 1.5 million people in several districts without water supply as the plant operations had to be shut down to ensure safety.
The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) yesterday confirmed that the illegal toxic disposal into the Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) sewage manhole at Bandar Bukit Mahkota was the cause of the odour pollution.
Praveena said SPAN and the Department of Environment should by right have a record of all chemical components from the companies that carry pollutants.
‘If this is done, culprits will be less inclined to carry out such acts as they know the authorities would be able to track their activities,’ she said
Let social enterprises bloom - NST, May 20th, 2020
LETTERS: These past few months have shown us that anything and everything can change in a flash.
The Covid-19 storm has caught us unguarded and unprepared. The socio-economic gap has now become more evident than ever. Some have come out stronger while others continue to fight to stay afloat.
According to statistics, among 2.86 million self-employed Malaysians, 1.34 million workers have lost their jobs and almost 540,000 have experienced a 90 per cent decline in income.
Self-employed categories include fishermen, farmers and SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) owners.
Let’s take a moment to reflect. What can we do to help? With the many traditional businesses and corporations in shambles, a ray of light shines on social enterprise business models.
Social enterprises originated in the United Kingdom around the late 1970s. They are self-sustaining organisations that keep the people, planet and profit in mind. They do not depend on charity.
This business model sells a product or service by incorporating people or organisations in need into its production plan. Interestingly, all this is done for a profit.Social enterprises strive to maximise benefits to the environment and society, and not to shareholders.
The beauty lies in the agility of its business model. Social entrepreneurs harness the innate creativity that lies in all of us. Their business model engages the community in many interesting ways. Read More…