SAJ improves Simpang Rengam water treatment plant

JOHOR BARU: The state's water utility company has improved its filtering system at its Simpang Rengam water treatment plant, following a recent incident where water supply to houses here was disrupted due to ammonia pollution.

SAJ Ranhill Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Faizal Abdul Rahman said it had increased the ratio of zeolite to sand filters at the treatment plant has been increased to 30:70 from 15:85 previously.

Zeolite is a compound that helps in the treatment process of ammonia.

"We will complete the zeolite layer today (Tuesday) and hope the water treatment plant will resume operation soon after," he said at the company's Hari Raya open house yesterday.

The Simpang Rengam water treatment plant has been shut down re-opened several times for the past few weeks following ammonia pollution in Sungai Benut.

The Simpang Rengam water treatment plant serves 60,000 households in two districts, Kluang and Pontian. Its operation has been affected by overflowing lechate from the CEP Ladang landfill.

Ahmad Faizal said the causes of the pollution of Sungai Benut was not only from the landfill but effluent discharged from factories had also contributed to pollution.