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Water Supply Of Malaysian State Hit By Pollution

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Apr 16, 2006
Polluted run-off from a landfill has contaminated water supplies in the Malaysian state where the capital Kuala Lumpur is located, prompting widespread water cut-offs, a report said Sunday. Some two million consumers were left without water on Saturday for more than 12 hours as authorities scrambled to remedy the situation.

Rozali Ismail, the executive chair of Syabas, a private water treatment and supply company for the state, said levels of ammonia in the river providing water to the areas were "very dangerous."

He said the run-off occurred after heavy rains and the collapse of an earthen wall separating the dump site from a river tributary.

"Someone must be responsible and make sure the rivers are clean," he was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times.

The contamination was the second case in western Selangor state in recent months.

In February, residents in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas were treated to foul smelling tap water after a river supply was polluted by leakage from a landfill and pollution from activities along the river's banks.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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