Selangor Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said the move was meant to protect rivers and river reserve areas from contamination that could affect their quality and quantity -- Pic by FAIZ ANUAR.

SHAH ALAM: A total of seven dams and 413 rivers in Selangor have been gazetted under Section 48 of the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) Enactment 1999.

Selangor Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said the move was meant to protect rivers and river reserve areas from contamination that could affect their quality and quantity.

LUAS and Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) had also set up several telemetry stations upstream to monitor the rivers’ water quality and issue a preliminary warning in the event of any pollution, he added.

Hee said this in reply to a question from Datuk Mohd Shamsudin Lias (BN-Sungai Burong) who asked on the measures taken by the state government to prevent future river pollution.

He said the state government, through LUAS, had also formed the Selangor State River Conservation Committee to intensify conservation efforts and encourage the involvement of agencies, communities, non-governmental organisations and stakeholders in river protection.

“LUAS carries out regular monitoring with the relevant agencies to ensure the water supply and catchment areas are protected.

"Integrated enforcement exercises and legal action are being constantly taken. This includes the issuance of notices and compounds and cases prosecuted in court," he said.

Hee added that he had also sent a letter to the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry on Oct 1 proposing improvements and changes to the Environmental Quality Regulations under the Environmental Quality Act 1974

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