Perak mulls reopening water treatment plant after arsenic pollution

The water treatment plant in Ayer Ganda, Gerik, was shut down after traces of arsenic were found in water samples from Sungai Rui. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: The Perak government is considering requests from the residents of Kampung Ayer Ganda in Gerik to reopen the water treatment plant there to allow daily water supply to resume.

Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the government is of the view that the raw water supply at the plant is safe for daily activities such as washing clothes and bathing.

He said he had spoken with Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar, and that the ministry is evaluating the proposal for operations to resume.

“On the part of the state government, we need to comply with the directive (to immediately suspend operations) given by SPAN (National Water Service Commission) first.

“We are trying our best to supply clean water (through tankers) to the villagers,” he said during a press conference in conjunction with the 2019 Perak International Skydiving Championship here yesterday.

On April 9, the Perak Water Board suspended operations at the plant with immediate effect after SPAN discovered arsenic contamination in the water samples taken.