GEORGE TOWN, March 3 ― The Department of Environment (DoE) has identified Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) as among those to blame for last month’s “black” water pollution in Batu Ferringhi, and has left the matter up to Putrajaya for further action, Penang state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow said today.
The local government and traffic management committee chairman said DOE briefed the state executive council on February 28 and confirmed that its investigation papers have been handed over to the DOE’s legal officer in Putrajaya for further action against IWK.
“DOE has identified the IWK, hawker food stalls, laundry and car wash discharge as contributing factors to the pollutants found in the river,” Chow told a press conference here.
Last month, a “black patch” of seawater, believed to have come from Sungai Batu Ferringhi, was discovered at the beachfront of tourist hotspot Batu Ferringhi. It was later learnt that the patch contained traces of the deadly E. Coli bacteria.
The waters of Sungai Batu Ferringhi were a murky black colour in early February, which the state attributed to IWK as its sewage treatment plant was located upstream.
IWK later admitted to discharging treated effluent into the river, but maintained it was not the source of the “black water”.