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High level of ammonia detected in Muar River

JOHOR BARU: Muar district’s water supply to 35,000 households has been disrupted after a high level of ammonia was detected in the Muar river.

According to State International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse He, the Johor Water Regulatory Body (Bakaj) and Ranhill SAJ would be meeting this afternoon (Jan 2) to look into ways to restore full supply to the affected areas.

“Further updates will be given after this afternoon’s meeting. At this moment, the situation has stabilised.

“I hope all users can bear with the situation and we will work round the clock to ensure full recovery (in supply) to the affected areas, ” he said.

The state government is still investigating the cause and source of the contamination, which was detected on Wednesday (Jan 1), Jimmy said.

According to Ranhill SAJ, the water supply from the Panchor 3 water treatment plant had been reduced by 20% due to the declining quality of raw water from the Muar river.

“Investigation shows that the ammonia level was above 2.5ppm (parts per million), therefore disrupting Panchor 3 water treatment plant’s operation as it cannot operate at the maximum level, ” the water services operator said in a statement on its website Wednesday night.

Among the affected areas were Pekan Bakri, New Village Bakri, Parit Hj Zin, Parit Hj Nor, Bakri Industrial area and Jalan Air Hitam.

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