The cause of the mysterious black water in Bagan Sungai Buloh not yet identified

SHAH ALAM, 10 Dec: The Selangor State Department of Environment (DOE), Sabak Bernam Branch, informed that they have received several complaints about the black and foul smelling water in Sungai Buloh, Jeram.

The Sabak Bernam DOE Branch Chief, Kamilah Wan Zaid, said that examination on the premises is subject to the Environmental Quality Act 1974, which found no black effluent discharge discovered during the inspection.

“The DOE has inspected the factories around the area and found that the factories comply with the Environmental Quality Act 1974,” she said when contacted by Selangor Kini.


According to Kamilah, the Sungai Buloh Water Quality Monitoring Data shows that the quality of water at Sungai Buloh in general falls within Class III and currently, there has been a slight increase in the water quality.

She explained that the water quality at Sungai Buloh has been at Class III since 1995 and the incident of the black water at Sungai Buloh has occurred almost every year and the cause has not yet been identified.

The factors that may contribute to the occurrence of black river water could be from the decomposition of organic material, especially in peat areas.

Previously, several fishermen in Bagan Sungai Buloh complained about the condition of the water, which was black and foul smelling, resulting in a reduced yield and dead cockles.

The DOE believes that an appropriate will be conducted to determine the suitability of shellfish farming to be carried out there.


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